Area East Bulletin April 2017

April 10, 2017







1. Changes to Small Business Rates Relief
2. Careline - Easter Offer!
3. The Heart of Wessex Local Action Group (LAG)


1. Changes to Small Business Rates Relief
Thousands of businesses in England and Wales will have seen dramatic changes to the amount they pay in business rates, after the Government published the new “rateable values” of their properties in September 2016. From April 2017, the revaluation comes into effect and businesses are advised to check if they are eligible for Small Business Rates Relief (SBR).
The small business relief rate has now been established meaning any business in a single property with a rateable value less than £12,000 won’t have to pay business rates at all.
Those between £12,000 and £15,000 will be given tapered (gradual) relief and those with businesses in properties with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will be eligible for the small business multiplier for each property. Only businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000 will now pay the higher rate.
This means that more than 600,000 SMEs will not pay any business rates, giving them a saving of more than £6,000 a year. A further 250,000 businesses will see their rates cut.
If more than one property is occupied, the threshold for the rateable value of individual second properties will increase from £2,599 to £2,899 and the threshold for the aggregate value of all second properties will increase from £17,999 to £19,999. As before SBR will only be awarded on the higher RV property only.
Rateable values as shown below:

RV Limit                                 Amount of Relief                                   How to apply?

RV up to £12,000


Application required. It is recommended customer completes the online form on our website


RV from £12,000 to £15,000
Decrease on a sliding scale relief from 100% to nil
Application required. It is recommended customer completes the online form on our website

RV from £15,000 to £51,000

Business multiplier is used in calculating business rates

The lower multiplier will automatically be applied where a business is occupied with rateable value under £51,000 from April 2017 except where a mandatory relief is being received



SSDC’s website has been updated and customers are encouraged to make an early application. If you have a rateable value of under £15,000 and you want to apply for small business rate relief, an application form must be completed. Please go to the SSDC website and complete the online form:


2. Careline - Easter Offer!
Careline gives that extra support to people who want to remain living at home independently for as long as possible while bringing peace of mind to their family and friends. Do you…

  • Live alone or sometimes feel at risk?

  • Have elderly, frail or infirm dependants?

  • Worry about their safety in an emergency?

  • Want to help them maintain their independence?

Issue No 55
Careline provides help at the touch of a button, which can be worn as a pendant or on a wrist strap and dials through to our team 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Through Careline, you can enjoy the independence of living in your own home, secure in the knowledge that emergency help or advice is available at your fingertips.
To celebrate Easter, for all new installations booked before 30th April 2017 through this advert, they will offer free set up and connection! Please quote this advert when you contact them. Initial connection/setup fee is normally £32.85*(*waived if on certain benefits). Hire and monitoring £3.84 per week.
They offer a free demonstration and if you are happy with it, their staff can fit the unit for you immediately. Contact Careline on 01935 479815 or email:


3. The Heart of Wessex Local Action Group (LAG)
The Heart of Wessex LAG has £1.74 million to invest in local businesses and organisations to help them carry out projects which creat jobs, help the business to grow and which bring long term benefit to the rural economy.
Funding will be available for the following priorities:

  • Support to increase farm productivity

  • Support for micro and small business and farm diversification

  • Support for rural tourism

  • Provision of rural services

  • Support for cultural and heritage activity

  • Support for increasing forestry productivity

A Local Action Group meeting is being held at 6:00pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at East Coker Village Hall, East Coker BA22 9JJ. You are invited to attend to hear from applicants who have received funding for their projects, find out how the grant money is being invested, find out if your project is eligible for funding and learn how you can apply for funding. Space will be limited so please book your place using the following link: For further information contact: Emma Curtis on 07803 506909 or email:

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