Local newspaper relief


From 1 April 2017 the Government is providing funding to local authorities so that they can provide a discount worth £1,500 in year 2017/18 and 2018/19 for office space occupied by local newspapers. The Autumn budget 2018 extended this relief to financial year 2019/20.

In a Written Ministerial Statement 27 January 2020, the Government further extended this relief to apply in the financial years 2020/21 to 2024/25. Please note that this relief will cease at the end of the 2024/25 financial year.

This relief needs to comply with the European Union law on State Aid. Therefore, to qualify for this relief, your business should not receive more than €200,000 of State Aid in a 3 year period (being the current and prior two financial years). The €200,000 threshold may be of particular relevance to those premises that are part of a large chain.

For more information about State Aid please see the state aid website.

Eligibility criteria

This relief is administered under the local powers discount contained in Section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.

  • The relief is available to local newspapers only
  • The property must be occupied by a local newspaper and used wholly or mainly as offices for journalists and reporters
  • Only one discount is available per newspaper title and per property
  • Subject to State Aid limits


  • Local council newspapers
  • Online publications
  • Local magazines

    The Council must make a decision within 6 months of the end of the financial year for the discount to be granted.

    Local newspaper relief online form

    Application for local newspaper discount

    Account details for which relief is being claimed

    Property for which relief is being claimed

    Nature of business

    Trading name of business


    Please remember if you give false information you may be prosecuted.
    Should your circumstances change in the future so that your organisation no longer meets the qualifying criteria, you must notify us immediately so that the Local Newspaper Discount can be removed from the date the change occurred.

    By signing application form you agree that, to the best of your knowledge, the information contained on the form is complete and is not false. Wilfully making false statement on the application form is an offence and may result in us taking action legal against you.

    Apply by post

    Please print and send to the address below.