Business rates support

1. Supporting small business relief

The Supporting Small Business Relief will help ratepayers who as a result of the change in their rateable value at revaluation are losing some or all of their small business rate relief, and will not see their bill increase by more than £50 per month (£600 per year).

This will apply to businesses which:

  • received small business rate relief in the 2016/17 financial year; and
  • saw an increase in their rateable value from April 2017; and
  • had a reduction in their small business rate relief from April 2017; and
  • saw their business rates bill increase by more than £600 per year from April 2017

The scheme will be in place between 2017/18 and 2021/22. Each year increases in business rates bills for eligible businesses will be capped at £600. The discount will end when:

  • your bill reaches the amount you would have paid without the scheme; or
  • the property becomes vacant

We have identified those ratepayers who are eligible to receive this relief and we are sending out revised bills to confirm how much business rates they will have to pay for 2017/18.

As well as a revised bill we will also be enclosing a State Aid declaration form which qualifying ratepayers will need to complete and return by the date requested. Return the form by the specified date to ensure the Supporting Small Business Relief is received.

You can find out more about information about State Aid on our web pages.

Qualifying ratepayers will be required to complete a State Aid declaration form for each year in which they are eligible to receive relief. We will ask ratepayers to complete a declaration form when we issue their business rates bill for the new financial year.