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Over the next 5 years the government will provide further support to businesses and improve the fairness of the system in England, by:
St Helens Council will be operating a Discretionary Rate Relief (Revaluation) scheme to support local ratepayers who have experienced large increases in their business rates as a result of the 2017 revaluation.
In addition to the previous proposals the Government has announced further planned support:
Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR):-
The temporary doubling of SBRR will be made permanent from 1 April 2017.
Also the 100% SBRR threshold will be raised to rateable values of up to ￡12,000, with tapered relief up to ￡15,000, from 1 April 2017.
The threshold at which business rates bills are calculated using the standard multiplier will be raised to properties with rateable values of ￡51,000 and above from 1 April 2017.
The government will introduce a ￡1,500 business rates discount for office space occupied by local newspapers in England, up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per hereditament, and up to state aid limits, for 2 years from 1 April 2017.
The government will allow local authorities in England to use their discretionary relief powers to support publicly owned public lavatories from 1 April 2018.
The government will change the annual uprating of business rates in England from the Retail Prices Index to the main measure of inflation, currently the Consumer Price Index, from 1 April 2020.
The government will publish a summary of the responses received as part of the long-term review of business rates in England in March 2016.
The government will work with local authorities in England to standardise business rates bills by 1 April 2017, ensure that all ratepayers can receive bills and make payments online by 1 April 2017 and ensure that all local authority billing and collection systems link with HMRC digital tax accounts by 2022.
The government will aim to introduce more frequent (at least 3 yearly) revaluations of properties in England for business rates purposes and will publish a discussion paper in March 2016 outlining options to deliver this.
PLEASE NOTE that the temporary Government reliefs, Retail Rate Relief & Re-Occupation Relief, have not been extended and will therefore terminate on 31st March 2016 as previously advised.