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Changes from 1st April 2018

Autumn 2017 Budget Announcement

From April 2018, Business Rates will rise in line with the lower Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation, not the Retail Prices Index (RPI).

Continuation of the Spring Budget 2017 Reliefs

Support for Small Businesses

In 2018/19 the Support for Small Business Relief will continue in accordance with the Spring Budget 2017 announcement.

Support for Pubs

The Government introduced an up to £1,000 business rate discount for occupied ‘Pubs’ with a rateable value of up to £100,000, subject to state aid limits for businesses with multiple properties. This relief has now been carried over for a second year into 2018/19.

Discretionary Relief Scheme

At the Spring Budget, the Government announced the establishment of a £300m discretionary fund over four years from 2017/18 to support businesses in their area. The £300m will cover the four years from 2017/18. Dudley have been allocated a share of this fund, and will be allocating to eligible businesses from April 2018.

Under Dudley MBC’s Local Discretionary Relief scheme, we have not awarded relief to the following:

  • Empty properties (as there is no economic benefit), i.e. this relief will only be applied to properties that were occupied on 1st April 2017
  • Charities (on the basis that they can claim other reliefs)
  • Chains (state aid implications)
  • NHS properties (in-line with IRRV guidance/the approach adopted by neighbouring authorities)
  • Dudley MBC properties and precepting bodies including Police and Fire (per legislation)

In 2017/18 businesses that received an increase in their business rates charge as a result of the 2017 revaluation were awarded relief to cover 100% of the increase, in line with the above criteria.

In 2018/19 businesses that received an increase in their business rates charge as a result of the 2017 revaluation were awarded relief to cover 45% of the increase, in line with the above criteria.

Newspaper Relief

Local Newspapers – here the Government will introduce a £1,500 discount for office space occupied by local newspapers, up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per property, and up to state aid limits, for 2 years from 1 April 2017.

For further detailed information on the above reliefs, please see Changes from April 2017.