Further guidance was issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government on 20th June 2017 stating that the Government’s policy intention is that eligible pubs should:
- be open to the general public
- allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
- allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
- permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.
The guidance also stated that relief should not be awarded to restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls or casinos.
The total amount of Government-funded relief available for 2017/18 under this scheme is up to £1,000 for each eligible property. Eligibility for the relief and the relief itself will be assessed and calculated on a daily basis.
In the Autumn Budget 2017 the Chancellor announced that the pubs relief scheme would be extended by a further year and will have effect in 2018/2019. The existing guidance and terms for the current scheme will continue to apply.
Because of the temporary nature of this relief the Government has chosen not to amend the Non Domestic Rating Regulations. Instead the Government is asking local authorities to administer the reliefs through the discretionary rate relief provision. Providing discretionary relief to ratepayers is likely to amount to State Aid.
State Aid rules limit any business to €200,000 of aid over a rolling three year period. If you have received over €200,000 in state aid within this period, you will not be entitled to this relief. Further guidance on state aid can be found in the 'related links' section of this page.
The business rates team have identified those ratepayers that are potentially eligible for this relief and are issuing application forms.
If you believe you may be eligible for this relief but have not received an application form you should contact the business rates team on 0151 934 4360 to discuss the matter further.