Local Newspaper Rate Relief

The government is giving funding to local authorities so that they can provide a discount worth up to £1,500 a year from 1 April 2017, to office space occupied by local newspapers. This is up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per hereditament and up to state aid limits.

The relief will be delivered through local authority discretionary discount powers (under section 47(3) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988). View the eligibility criteria for this relief as set out in a guidance note: “The case for a business rates relief for local newspapers” (external link).

Apply for Newspaper Relief

If you would like to apply for Newspaper Relief, please contact the business rates team using the details below, quoting the reference on your business rates bill.