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12. Revaluation Support Relief

In the 2017 Spring Budget the Government created a fund to provide support to businesses who had been affected by the 2017 Revaluation. It was for local authorities to design a scheme for granting support.

What rate relief was available in our scheme?

  • The scheme provided rate relief for 2 years - 2017/18 and 2018/19.
  • For 2017/18 the maximum relief available was £10,000 and the minimum threshold was £50.
  • For 2018/19 relief was based on 50% of your 2017/18 award provided this did not fall below £50.
  • For 2019/20 relief was based on 50% of relief awarded in 2018/19 provided this did not fall below £50.
  • For 2020/21 relief will be granted only in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Revenues & Benefits Service Lead using delegated powers.

Main principles of the scheme

  • Relief was available to local businesses (those with premises only in Devon) where the rateable value did not exceed £200,000
  • Businesses must have been in occupation on 31 March 2017 and 1 April 2017
  • Relief was calculated on a daily basis and ceased if you vacated
  • No relief was given to empty premises
  • Rates must have increased by more than 2%. You were expected to pay the first 2% increase.
  • Complies with EU state aid law