IMPORTANT - Government has announced that occupied premises; shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments (inc Pubs), cinemas, live music venues, leisure facilities, hotels, guest and boarding premises will receive a 100% reduction for 2020/21.
As soon as we are able to we will issue zero bills to eligible ratepayers.
Grants for Small Businesses
IMPORTANT - In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the government has recently announced two grants to assist businesses.
These grants are available to small businesses and those businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors:
- A grant of £10,000 for most businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of up to £15,000
- Grants of £25,000 for businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
If you believe you qualify and therefore wish to claim this relief see Coronavirus Business Rates Grants
Continuation of the Spring Budget 2017 Reliefs
In 2020/21 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 2020/21 businesses that received an increase in their business rates charge as a result of the 2017 revaluation were awarded relief to cover 2% of the increase, in line with the above criteria. This is the final year of the scheme.
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 been extended to 2024/25.