Spring Budget 2017 Relief Scheme: Support for Pubs

A discount of £1,000.00 for Public Houses with a rateable value of less than £100,000. The relief will apply for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years.

The Government has introduced a new relief scheme for public houses from April 2017. Under the scheme, eligible pubs will receive a £1,000 discount on their rates bill. The relief will have effect for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years.

To qualify, the public house must;

  • be occupied
  • have a rateable value of less than £100,000
  • 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 purchased at a bar

Businesses who qualify for this relief for 2017-18 have been sent revised bills reflecting this change. However, if you are a business that has not received a revised bill, but  believe you should have, please contact the business rates team.

Relief awarded under this scheme is subject to State Aid de minimis limits and we require a declaration to be completed by each ratepayer to confirm their entitlement to the relief.