Business rates retention

This collection brings together all documents relating to business rates retention.

These publications provide information on the business rates retention scheme.

Latest news (31 August 2018)

Small business rates relief compensation methodology: analysis update

In December 2017 MHCLG consulted on its recommended methodology to determine the correct compensation due to authorities as a result of the threshold changes to small business rates relief.

Following analysis of the consultation responses MHCLG agreed to pay compensation in 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 as per its recommended methodology, and that we would continue to work with local government, and with the Implementation Working Group, to discuss whether further refinements should be made to the methodology.

This work is on-going and we hope to conclude it soon, at which time we will update you as to the outcome.

Levy and safety net

Latest information on business rates levy and safety net, including the levy and safety net calculator.


Business rates piloting prospectus, arrangements and news.


Historic publications.

  1. Business rates retention scheme: pooling prospectus
  2. Business rates retention and the local government finance settlement: a practitioner's guide
  3. Business rates retention and the local government finance settlement: a plain English guide
  4. Business rates retention: plain English guide
  5. Business rates retention: step-by-step guide
  6. Business rates retention scheme: central and local shares of business rates statement
  7. Business rates retention scheme renewable energy projects: statement
  8. Business rates retention scheme: safety net and levy statement
  9. Business rates retention: draft regulations
  10. Business rates retention: technical details
  11. Business rates retention scheme: economic benefits
  12. Business rates retention: policy statement
  13. Business rates retention
  14. Local government resource review: technical papers
  15. Business rates retention
Published 25 July 2013