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.

Revised bills will be issued in April 2019 after the annual bills in March 2019.

State aid rules will apply.

Guidance notes on the scheme are outlined below: