Businesses which have missed out on £500,000 of rate relief are being given extra help by South Norfolk Council.
Around 500 retailers have benefited from a government scheme for the last two years and although that has now ended, it is to be replaced next year. However, there are 24 businesses like pubs or specialist shops such as butchers and bakers in the smaller market towns that do not qualify. Because they get mandatory rural rate relief, they do not receive the more generous small business relief.
South Norfolk cabinet member Yvonne Bendle said because the businesses contributed to the quality of life in the district, the council was using its discount powers to give them the same relief as businesses in the bigger towns. “At the same time we will continue to lobby government to change the rules and iron out this anomaly,” she added.