Business Rates - Supporting Small Business Rate Relief

This relief is available to ratepayers who have lost some or all of their small business rate relief or rural rate relief as a result of an increase in rateable value in the 2017 revaluation. This relief was introduced from 1st April 2017 to help phase-in large percentage increases for those affected.

The scheme limits any increase in business rates to £600 per year and will apply for a maximum of five years.

The Council has identified possible eligible ratepayers and has issued letters requesting a state aid declaration, see information below.

If you consider that you may be eligible, but have not receive a letter you can contact the business rates team on 0151 934 4360 or by email business.rates@sefton.gov.uk

State Aid

The Government will fund local authorities to provide this relief in the prescribed circumstances, up to State Aid de Minimis limits.

State Aid law is the means by which the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses. Providing discretionary relief to ratepayers is likely to amount to State Aid. However the Supporting Small Businesses relief scheme will be State Aid compliant where it is provided in accordance with the De Minimis Regulations (1407/2013)7.

The De Minimis Regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to €200,000 of De Minimis aid in a rolling three year period (consisting of the current financial year and the two previous financial years)..

To administer De Minimis it is necessary for the local authority to establish that the award of aid will not result in the undertaking having received more than €200,000 of De Minimis aid.

Further guidance on state aid can be found in the 'related links' section of this page


Last Updated on 26 February 2019