Business rates

Business rates, or non-domestic rates are collected by councils as the way that those responsible for non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services.

Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of business rates paid locally. This is a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses. It creates a favourable local environment for growth as councils benefit from business rates revenues.

The money, together with revenue from council tax payers, revenue support grant provided by Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for council services in your area.

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Business Rates 2017/18 and the Spring Budget announcements

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Spring Budget on 8 March 2017 some additional assistance for business rates payers.  We are awaiting clarification of these announcements and we will issue revised bills or provide details of how you can apply in due course. In the meantime you should make payments as per your annual bill.