LOCAL DISCRETIONARY RATE RELIEF PAYMENTS - 2017

In the Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced a £435 million package of support for ratepayers following the 2017 revaluation, for the next four years.

The package of support announced at the budget comprised three schemes

  • A £1,000 discount to certain pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000
  • A cap on the annual bill increase for any ratepayer losing Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief as a result of the revaluation to £600.
  • A £300 million fund for local authorities to distribute over four years to help hard-pressed local businesses facing higher rate bills.

South Bucks District Council members have agreed a local discretionary rate relief scheme, aimed at helping local businesses who have faced higher rate bills. Application forms are being issued to those businesses the Council has identified as possible beneficiaries of this relief.

Please note that to be eligible, your property must have a rateable value of less than £200,000. You must have seen an increase between 2016 and 2017, which must be a minimum of £500 per annum. Awards will be made as a percentage of the increase in rates.

If you have more than two business premises you are not eligible to claim.

Awards in year 2 will be a proportion of the year 1 relief.

Certain types of occupiers / properties will not qualify for relief.

  • Unoccupied properties
  • Ratepayers that occupy more than 2 properties
  • Government buildings
  • Betting and gambling premises
  • Financial institutions including cash machines / ATMs
  • Pawnbrokers and pay day lenders
  • Sex shops
  • Educational establishments
  • NHS premises
  • Premises occupied by a precepting authority (legislative restriction)
  • Ratepayers already in receipt of mandatory / discretionary relief

If you feel you may be entitled to extra help, and have not received a form, please contact the council at businessrates@southbucks.gov.uk. A form and guidance will be issued