Rating Reliefs for 2020-2021

​There have been several alterations to eligibility criteria for Rating Reliefs 2020-2021, some of which were announced on 27 January 2020, and others by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget on 10 March 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 situation.

From 1 April 2020 the following will apply:

RETAIL DISCOUNT of 100 per cent for occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used as:
(a) shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, and live music venues.
(b) assembly and leisure properties.
(c) hotels, guest houses, and self-catering accommodation.

This applies from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. 

Wakefield Council is in the process of updating our records to reflect these changes to retail discount.  A revised zero statement will be issued as soon as possible.

PUB DISCOUNT for public houses and bars with a Rateable Value between £51,000 and £99,999, will be worth a maximum of £5,000 from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.  This is in addition to the retail discount, and will be calculated after the retail discount has been applied.

NURSERY DISCOUNT of 100 per cent for non-domestic properties occupied by providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register, and used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This is for the year from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

LOCAL NEWSPAPER RELIEF for office space occupied by local newspapers (one property per title) will now apply until 31 March 2025 and be worth a maximum of £1,500 per annum.

All these reliefs are subject to State Aid rules and apply to England only.


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Business Rates

Revenues and Benefits Service
Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

01977 727 121