Non-domestic Rates: Rural Areas:Written question - 66909

Asked by Dr Poulter
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 07 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Non-domestic Rates: Rural Areas
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to mitigate the effect of increases in business rates on rural business in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 16 March 2017

The Government has put in place a £3.6 billion package of transitional relief to help businesses facing an increase following revaluation. The Budget on 8 March included a further package to support business. £110 million will be available to assist rate payers, including eligible rural businesses losing rural rate relief as a result of revaluation. In addition, the Government is making available a £300 million discretionary relief fund over the next four years to enable local authorities to help individual businesses that are having difficulties paying increased rates bills.

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