Shropshire Council

Supporting small businesses relief

In March 2017, the Government announced that a new scheme of relief would be made available to these ratepayers facing large increases in their rates bills as a result of the loss of some of, or all of, their Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief due to the 2017 Revaluation, which came into effect on 1 April 2017.

Businesses affected will not be expected to pay an increase in their bill of more than £600 during 2017/18, and then a further £600 per year for the following four years.

It should be noted that this new Supporting Small Businesses Relief would need to be recalculated when:-

  • The Rateable Value of the property is amended;
  • Other rate reliefs are awarded; or
  • The property becomes unoccupied.

How to apply for Supporting Small Businesses Relief

We have already issued application forms to those ratepayers that would qualify for this relief, and have awarded relief to those that have returned the application. This will be shown on your latest bill as “Supporting Small Business Relief (SSB)”.

However, if you consider that you should qualify for this relief, you'll need to download and complete the application form attached to this page and return it to the address stated on the form. Your application would need be considered.