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Business rates discounts and reliefs

2023 Supporting small business relief

This relief is available to ratepayers who have lost some or all of their Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rate relief as a result of an increase in rateable value in the 2023 revaluation.

To support these ratepayers, Supporting Small Business Rate Relief for 2023-2024 will ensure that any increase in bills is limited to a cash value of £600 per annum. This relief will remain for either 3 years or until the bill that would have been paid without the scheme is reached.

The Council will identify eligible ratepayers and will issue bills accordingly.

Ratepayers will remain in the relief scheme for either three years or until the annual incremental increase in business rates reaches the amount they would have paid without the scheme.

A change of ratepayers won't affect eligibility for the relief, but eligibility will be lost if the property falls vacant or becomes occupied by a charity or community amateur sports club.

Those in the Supporting Small Businesses Relief Scheme whose 2017 RV is £51,000 or more won't be liable to pay the supplement (1.3p) to fund SBRR while they're in the scheme.

Subsidy control

Supporting Small Business Relief Scheme is subject to the Minimal Financial Assistance limits under the Subsidy Control Act.  This means no recipient can receive over £315,000 over a 3-year period (consisting of the current financial year and the 2 previous financial years). Extended Retail Discounts granted in 2021-22 do not count towards the limit. Covid business grants received from local government and any other subsidy claimed under the Minimal Financial Assistance or Small Amounts of Financial Assistance limit over the 3-year period should be counted. 

Refusal of relief

If we have applied the relief and you do not wish to receive it, you can choose to cancel your relief by emailing