Local Discretionary Rate Relief Scheme

Local Discretionary Rate Relief Scheme

Businesses in the West Lindsey District who have seen a rise in their business rates liability due to the revaluation which took effect on 1 April 2017 will receive application forms for a New Local Discretionary Relief which was approved by Corporate Policy and Resources Committee 9 November 2017.

These application forms will be issued on 22 November 2017 and should be completed and returned to Business Rates, PO Box 1257, Lincoln LN5 5PQ by return of post if possible.

The scheme for the West Lindsey District Council for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 is to award 65% relief for any eligible property by comparing the 2016/17 bill with the 2017/18 bill. Relief will be awarded after other reliefs eg: transitional relief, supporting small business rate relief and public house relief have been taken into consideration.

Applications for the Local Discretionary Relief for 2017/2018 must be received by the Council no later than 31 December 2017

Frequently asked questions

You will receive a form where the Council has identified you as someone who has had an increase in your annual liability between 2016/17 and 2017/18, and that this increase was due to the revaluation. If the increase in your annual liability is NOT solely due to the revaluation of the property, your application may be rejected.

The New Local Discretionary relief is considered to be State Aid and there are restrictions on how much State Aid you may receive over a three year period, this is 200,000 Euros for anyone company or sole trader.

Please ensure that you meet the State Aid requirements before signing and returning the form. Further information regarding State Aid is available on the following link - www.gov.uk/state-aid

As soon as the application form is received it will be checked and the relief will be awarded, if appropriate. You will then receive a new bill showing the rate relief has been applied.

We are encouraging all ratepayers to return their forms to us by 31 December 2017 if you want the rate relief to be applied to your account this year. There are some restrictions on backdating discretionary relief and why wait, get your application in now while it is on your mind. Don't miss the chance for a reduction in your rates.

Yes, if you are eligible you will still get the relief. Credits on the account of less than £25 will be carried forward into the New Year. Other credits will be carried forward, unless you request a refund.

Yes there are several exclusions, a copy of the full report will be published on our website. Some exclusions are shown below:

  • Properties occupied by Precepting Authorities such as West Lindsey District Council, the County Council, Parish Councils and the Police.
  • Empty properties
  • Properties with a rateable value of £100,000 or above

You may contact us to discuss the reasons why and we will consider your comments.

If you are still unhappy with the decision, appeals should be by way of an application for Judicial Review.

No two districts are identical and each authority has created a scheme which they believe helps the people who are most in need of help in their area. There are some restrictions provided for by Central Government but on the whole the authorities tailor their schemes to meet the needs of their own ratepayers.

Each year the Council will have to create a new scheme. As these are not fully decided yet, you may find that you do not qualify for future years.

Therefore all qualifying ratepayers will be issued with an annual application form in order to complete the State Aid statement.