Discretionary rate relief consultation
Last updated: 20/09/2013
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This consultation is now closed. Thank you for giving us
Cornwall Council is responsible for managing discretionary rate
relief in the best possible way to provide value for money for the
There are a number of schemes available for businesses and
organisations to receive relief and reduction on their business
rates. Businesses that are in rural areas, small businesses,
registered charities and other non-profit-making organisations can
apply for mandatory relief from the Government and/or further
discretionary relief from Cornwall Council.
We have a set of guidelines that we apply to applications for
relief which have to meet several complex demands.
The Government is introducing new legislation that is expected
to add further pressure to the budget but also allows us to be more
flexible in how we apply discretionary rate relief.
We are reviewing our application criteria, which we introduced
in 2009, to provide a more consistent approach across Cornwall
which is more transparent, fairer, clearer and easier to
The new guidelines will come into effect in April 2013.
This consulation closed on 14 September 2012.
Thank you fir giving us your views
You can still read the proposed new discretionary rate relief
guidelines, which we have consulted on, using the link below.
More information about discretionary rate
Please do not contact us regarding your proposed discretionary
rate relief during the consultation period as we will not be able
to discuss cases until the proposed guidelines have been
How will we use what you tell us?
We will use what you tell us to help inform the Council’s
More information about business rates and discretionary rate
relief is available on our business
rates reductions page.