Mandatory (Charitable) relief
Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for non-domestic purposes. Relief is given at 80% of the full charge. Local councils have the discretion, in certain cases, to allow further relief on the remaining bill, apply here.
The council also has the discretion to give relief on all or any part of the rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies. The types of bodies which may qualify include sports and recreational groups, community and youth groups and aid agencies, apply here.
You can access our Discretionary Rate Relief Policy here.
Spring Budget Reliefs (2017)
In the spring budget the Chancellor announced the following three measures to help reduce the impact of business rate increases from April 2017:
Scheme 1: Supporting Small Businesses
This scheme affects very few of Burnley’s ratepayers. The Council has already identified all eligible ratepayers for the Scheme and recalculated and reissued new bills to them in early-2017. Supporting small business rate relief was introduced for businesses that faced very large percentage increases in their rate bills due to the loss of some or all of their small business rates relief as a result of an increase in rateable value in the 2017 revaluation. This scheme caps any increase in business rates to £600 per year and will apply for a maximum of five years. The Council will automatically apply the relief to qualifying accounts each year.
Scheme 2: Discretionary Revaluation Support Scheme
The new Discretionary Revaluation Support Scheme is a four-year scheme allowing the Council to provide help to those ratepayers facing increases in their bills as a direct result of the 2017 revaluation.
The Council will automatically allocate support to ratepayers, and the general qualifying criteria is that:
- The rateable value is less than £200,000.
- The ratepayer has experienced increased payments as a direct result of the 2017 revaluation.
- The relevant property was occupied on 1 April 2017.
- The ratepayer is not already in receipt of Mandatory Rate Relief or of ‘Support for Small Businesses Relief’ (also announced in the spring budget) which limits increases on small properties caused by the loss of Small Business Rates Relief to £600.
- The award of relief complies with EU law on State Aid:
Scheme 3: Pub Relief Scheme
At the Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced a £1,000 business rate discount for public houses with a rateable value of less than £100,000 for one year from 1 April 2017.
In the November 2017 Budget the Pub Discount Scheme was extended for a further year to 31 March 2019.
The scheme is available to non-chain pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000. The Government’s policy intention is that eligible pubs should:
- be open to the general public
- allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
- allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
- permit drinks to be bought at a bar.
For these purposes, the scheme excludes the following establishments
restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls, casinos
The Council will automatically apply the relief to qualifying accounts each year.