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Business Rates - Newspaper Relief

A business rates discount of £1,500 is available for office space occupied by local newspaper publishers.

To qualify for Newspaper Relief Rate Relief

The Chancellor announced at the Budget that the Government will introduce a £1,500 business rates discount for office space occupied by local newspaper publishers, up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per hereditament, and up to state aid limits, for 3 years from 1 April 2017.

This is a temporary measure to support local newspapers adapt to technological changes within the industry. The relief is intended to be specifically for local newspapers and will be delivered through local authority discretionary powers (under section 47(3) of the Local Government Finance Act.

To apply for Business Newspaper Relief Rate Relief

Apply now for Business Rate Rural Rate Relief

You should return your completed application form:

  • By Email to:
  • By Post to:     Basildon Council, Non-Domestic Rates Section, The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex. SS14 1BY.

Please note, you are not entitled to withhold payment of rates pending the determination of any application made.

Following possible changes in legislation, the information on this page is subject to change.