On Monday 27th January 2020 the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman, made a written Ministerial Statement announcing additional business rate measures that will apply from 1st April 2020:
“The government will increase the retail discount from one third to 50%, extend that discount to cinemas and music venues, extend the duration of the local newspapers office space discount and introduce an additional discount for pubs.
The increase in the level of the retail discount from one third to 50% will apply in 2020/21 for eligible retail businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000.
The extension of the retail discount is to those eligible music venues and cinemas with a rateable discount of less than £51,000.
The extension of the £1,500 business rate discount for office space occupied by local newspapers will apply for an additional 5 years until 31st March 2025.
The pubs discount will provide a £1,000 discount to eligible pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 in 2020/21. This is in addition to the retail discount and will apply after the retail discount.
All reliefs are subject to state aid rules and apply in England only. The government confirms that it will fully fund local authorities for awarding these reliefs and provide new burdens funding to local authorities for administrative and IT costs.
Local authorities should start preparations to include these changes now and act promptly to ensure eligible businesses receive the increased support in their rate bills at the start of the financial year.
The government expects local authorities to ensure these changes are applied for the start of the 2020/21 billing period. The government will publish amended guidance for the retail discount reflecting these changes as well as refreshed pubs relief guidance for local authorities.
The Barnet formula will be applied in the usual way. Consequentials for the devolved administrations will be confirmed at the Budget”.
For any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
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For further information contact:
Baker Davidson Thomas
Telephone: 01256 840 777
29th January 2020