On Monday 27 January 2020, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury made a Written Ministerial Statement announced an additional discount for pubs that will apply from 1 April 2020.

The pubs discount will provide a £1,000 discount to eligible pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 in 2020/21. This is in addition to the retail discount and will apply after the retail discount. You can read more in the Pub Discount guidance notes

If having read the eligibility criteria in the reliefs policy document and State Aid Rules you do not qualify for the relief, you must complete the Refusal of Discretionary Relief form so that the relief can be withdrawn.

Apply for a pub discount

If after reading the Policy document you feel that your business meets the qualifying criteria for the scheme and you have not yet had a Business Rates bill showing that the relief has been awarded, please contact the Business Rates team at businessrates@warrington.gov.uk

State Aid

Please note that any award of discretionary relief is granted under State Aid De Minimis Regulations. If you have previously been awarded discretionary relief under the De Minimis Regulations, you must declare this to us.

State Aid law is the means by which the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses. The De Minimis regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to €200,000 of ‘De Minimis’ aid over a rolling three year period (consisting of the current financial year and the two previous financial years). Linked enterprises are considered as one single undertaking for the application of the De Minimis rule.

It is therefore necessary for the local authority to establish that the awarding of relief will not result in the undertaking having received more than €200,000 of De Minimis aid.

If you have not received any other De Minimis State Aid, including any other Discretionary Relief you are being granted for premises other than the one to which the bill relates, you do not need to complete the declaration.