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Support for small business relief (SSBR)

If your business lost small business rate relief or mandatory rural rate relief due to the 2017 or 2023 revaluations, you may be eligible for SSB relief.

Further information on this scheme can be found on the GOV.UK website.

The SSBR scheme

The 2017 SSBR scheme was provided to support small and medium ratepayers who had seen large increases in their bills at the 2017 revaluation. The scheme is also in place for the 2023 revaluation.

At the 2022 Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that the 2023 Supporting Small Business (SSB) scheme will cap bill increases at £600 per year for any business losing eligibility for some or all Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief at the 2023 revaluation. The scheme will continue for years 2024/25 and 2025/26 or until the new rateable value charge has been reached.

For those ratepayers receiving 2017 SSB relief in 2022/23, any eligibility for 2023 SSBR ends on 31 March 2024.

Who qualifies?

You may qualify if:

  • you were entitled to small business rate relief or rural rate relief on the day before the revaluation comes into effect; and
  • you lost your eligibility on the day the revaluation takes effect due to an increase in your rateable value

Eligibility for SSBR will be lost if:

  • a charity or community amateur sports club newly occupies a property
  • the property is left vacant

You won't qualify if the award of relief would exceed State Aid or subsidy limits. For more information about State Aid and subsidy, please visit the GOV.UK site.

You don't need to apply. Supporting Small Business Rate Relief will be applied automatically if you lost Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Relief as a result of a revaluation.