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In line with statutory requirements, Basildon Council plans to begin public consultations over the coming weeks on the new Business Rates Discretionary Relief Scheme.

Further details of the consultation exercise will be published here as they become available.

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Business Rates - Reductions And Reliefs

In certain circumstances a business may be entitled to business rate relief.

Business Rates - Exemption for Unoccupied Business Premises Image icon - Laptop Following three or six month exemption from paying Business Rates on an unoccupied business premises, most owners or tenants will be liable to pay the full 100% of the Business Rates. Business Rates - Charities, CASCs, Not For Profit Organisations and Schools Relief Image icon - Laptop A premises occupied by either: a registered charity, a registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC), a not for profit organisation or a school may be entitled to a reduction in Business Rates. Business Rates - Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) Image icon - Laptop Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) applies if your business occupies just one premises with a rateable value less than £18,000. If your premises qualifies for SBRR then your Business Rates Bill will automatically be calculated using the lower Small Business Rate Multiplier. Business Rates - Section 44a Part Occupied Relief Image icon - Laptop Section 44a of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 enables Basildon Council to grant Business Rates Relief on a business premises that is partly occupied, as long as this situation is for 'a short time only'. Business Rates - Transitional Relief Image icon - Laptop Transitional Relief is applied automatically to the Business Rates Bills which have changed significantly as the result of a national Revaluation exercise carried out by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Business Rates - Hardship Relief Image icon - Laptop Section 49 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 gives Basildon Council a discretionary power to reduce or remit the payment of Business Rates by granting Hardship Relief. Business Rates - Rural Rate Relief Image icon - Laptop The Business Rate Rural Rate Relief scheme was introduced to help protect the last retail outlets and similar services in rural settlements with a population of less than 3,000. Business Rates - Telecom Fibre Optics Relief Image icon - Laptop From 1st April 2017, Government will fund a new five year 100% business rates relief scheme for premises that install new full-fibre communications infrastructure. Business Rates - Newspaper Relief Image icon - Laptop A business rates discount of £1,500 is available for office space occupied by local newspaper publishers.
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