On 29th October 2018 the Government announced a new relief scheme will come into effect on 1st April 2019 for retail properties that have a rateable value under £51,000. The scheme will run for two years ending 31st March 2021.

Eligible ratepayers will be entitled to a discount of one third off their rates bill. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) plans to publish guidance on the operatrion of the relief scheme shortly.

Once additional guidance has been provided Chichester District Council will identify businesses it believes may qualify and invite them to apply.

State aid rules will apply.