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Supporting Small Businesses

The supporting small businesses relief will help those ratepayers who as a result of the change in their rateable value at the 2017 revaluation are losing some or all of their small business rate relief or rural rate relief and, as a result, are facing large increases in their bills.

This scheme limits any increase in business rates to:

  • a percentage increase p.a. of 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 15% and 15% 2017/18 to 2021/22 plus inflation, or
  • a cash value of £600 per year

Relief will automatically be applied each year that the business is eligible to receive it; this could be every year for the five years or could end sooner if you reach the bill amount you would have paid without the relief.

As with all reliefs, the amount of relief awarded under the supporting small businesses relief scheme will be recalculated in the event of a change of circumstances such as a change to the rateable value.

Relief has automatically been granted to qualifying ratepayers and amended bills have been issued. If you think you qualify for this relief but have not received an amended bill then you may apply online.

The award of this relief must comply with EU law on State Aid.