SLDC urges small businesses to apply for rates relief

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Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:30AM

Around 1,500 South Lakes businesses are being warned they could be facing a surprise on their next rates bill.

They're businesses that are currently getting small business rate relief from South Lakeland District Council but haven't reapplied for the next financial year.

SLDC says unless they submit their paperwork, bills will rise from April 1.

Councillor Peter Thornton, SLDC’s portfolio holder for finance, said: “The review is to ensure that those who receive small business rate relief are entitled to it.

“We have no choice but to ask every business owner who currently receives it to reapply so that we can be absolutely sure they meet the criteria.”

“Some of these bills could come as a big surprise, particularly for businesses which haven’t been paying any business rates for a number of years.

He added: “However, I’d like to reassure small business owners that they still have time to reapply and those who remain entitled to it will continue to receive this important financial assistance.

“We want businesses to receive this relief and if they have any questions our officers will be ready to give help and advice.”

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