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Retail Discount 2019/20

The Government announced in the Budget on 29th October 2018 that it will provide a business rates Retail Discount scheme for certain occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in each of the years 2019/20 and 2020/21. The value of discount should be one third of the bill and must be applied after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary reliefs funded by section 31 grants have been applied.

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments with a rateable value of less than £51,000, that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments.

Where applicable Retail Discount has been applied to Business Rates accounts removing the need for rate payers to apply for this relief. However, if you feel that you are eligible for this discount and have not been awarded it, please contact us on 0300 555 8000.

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.

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 have been allocating to eligible businesses since April 2018.

Under Dudley Council'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 Council 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.

In 2019/20 businesses that received an increase in their business rates charge as a result of the 2017 revaluation were awarded relief to cover 15% of the increase, in line with the above criteria.

Newspaper Relief

Local Newspapers – here the Government introduced 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. This has continued for 2019/20.