In the Autumn budget announcement, the Chancellor confirmed the Business rate multipliers of 49.9p (small business multiplier) and 51.2p (standard multiplier) will again be frozen for 2023-24 and retail relief scheme will be extended to increase relief for eligible businesses to a maximum of 75% (from 50% in 2022/23), up to a £110,000 cash limit per business (including any other ‘qualifying connections’ such as companies in the same group) across all their hereditaments in England combined. This is a national relief so businesses within London authorities, despite potentially higher rateable values than outside of London, do not have any different criteria such as higher cash caps permitted.
The Government also announced a new transitional relief scheme for 2023/24 to relieve the impact for businesses who have seen rateable values increase as a result of the 2023 national revaluation. This will mean during 23/24, the business rates charge for those seeing rateable value increases in Camden will be limited to:
• 5% where the rateable value is under £28,000
• 15% where the rateable value is between £28,001 and £100,000
• 30% where the rateable value is more than £100,000
Whereas usually the transitional relief scheme is self-funding those who should see bills reducing as a result of rateable values decreasing seeing their reductions limited by similar amounts to cover the cost of the scheme to support those seeing bills increasing so would see those having rateable values decrease in a phased approach post revaluation, the scheme announced is being funded during 23/24 by the Exchequer which means those seeing rateable value reductions will benefit from the full reduction immediately.
In addition, as a result of the revaluation, should the Transitional Relief scheme result in a small business losing eligibility for Small Business Rate Relief, it was announced that the Supporting Small Business scheme (SSB) will limit the increased bill faced to no more than £50 a month.