At the Spring Budget on 8 March 2017, the Government announced a new relief scheme for pubs. The scheme will be available to eligible occupied properties with a rateable value of up to £100,000. Under the scheme, eligible pubs will receive up to a £1,000 discount on their bill. The relief will have effect for 2017/2018 only and will cease on 31 March 2018.

The majority of pubs are independently owned or managed and will not be part of chains. However, where pubs are part of a chain, relief will be available for each eligible property in the chain, subject to meeting State Aid requirements. View more information on the State Aid website.

  • The Government's policy intention is that eligible pubs should:
  • be open to the general public
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For these purposes, it will exclude:

  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • nightclubs
  • hotels
  • snack bars
  • guesthouses
  • boarding houses
  • sporting venues
  • music venues
  • festival sites
  • theatres
  • museums
  • exhibition halls
  • cinemas
  • concert halls
  • casinos
  • golf clubs

The Council will determine those cases where eligibility criteria have been met and will issue amended bills shortly. However, recipients of State Aid will be required to declare that to us so that entitlement to the relief awarded can be reviewed. A form will accompany amended bills for this purpose.