CHARITY shops and small businesses are being urged to apply for a special relief package which could save them £2,000 during the next two years.
Officers from East Staffordshire Borough Council have posted reminders to organisations and firms across the area to remind them that they may be eligible for rate relief up to £1,000 a year for both 2014-15 and 2015-16 if they sign up to the council scheme.
This comes after the Government announced in its autumn statement that occupied retail premises with a rateable value of up to £50,000 could be eligible for the discount from their local authority.
Michael Fitzpatrick, deputy leader for finance at the borough council, spoke to the Mail about the scheme and urged businesses to get involved.
He said: “I would encourage all potential eligible businesses to get in touch with the council and apply for this relief.
“This discount can provide support to premises including pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.”
Organisations and businesses must not be in receipt of state aid which exceeds £200,000 in a three-year period, including retail relief and any other form of discretionary rate relief for these premises in question or others, whether within the East Staffordshire Borough Council area or elsewhere if they want to be considered for the scheme.
Information regarding this relief was included with the 2014-15 annual bills sent out to firms and other organisations and the guidance notes can be found on the borough council’s website at www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/services/businessrates/ under the exemption and reliefs section.
Any eligible businesses or organisations which have not already made an application for this relief and wish to do so now are urged to get in touch with the council’s business rates team by calling on 01283 508416, 01283 508417 or 01283 508418.