On 29 October 2018 the Government announced a new relief scheme will come into effect on 1 April 2019 for retail properties that have a rateable value under £51,000. Eligible ratepayers are entitled to a discount of one third off their rates bill.

On 27 January 2020 the Government has announced that as from 1 April 2020 the relief award will increase to 50%. The relief award will now be extended to include cinemas and music venues with rateable values below £51,000.

In the Budget on 11 March 2020 the Government announced that the retail relief award will increase from 50% to 100%, as from 1 April 2020. The scheme will also be expanded to include hospitality and leisure properties (such as museums, theatres, gyms, and hotels).

Further to the Budget announcement the Government has removed the rateable value cap of £51,000 from 1st April 2020 onwards. The scheme has also been extended to estate agents, letting agents, betting shops and employment agencies.

Our intention is to issue revised bills with the increased relief in April. If you do not presently receive retail relief but think you may qualify please complete the application form available.

The scheme will run for two years ending 31 March 2021.

Guidelines on the scheme issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)  are available: