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.
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
Apply by post
Please print and send to the address below.