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Beat the recession: rate relief for small businesses

Emma Robinson24th February 2009

The District Council is reminding small businesses in Three Rivers about rate relief which may be available. The reminder follows national debate over further support for small companies.

District Council Deputy Leader Matthew Bedford said:

"We have a strong local economy but it's still a tough time for companies. For the last two years we have been actively sending application forms to small businesses which may qualify for rate relief. We will be issuing application forms with the 2009/10 rate bills very shortly.

"We strongly encourage businesses to make this claim and charities can also claim for a top up on their existing rate relief. The relief is funded by central government and there is no burden to council tax payers."

Council Leader Ann Shaw is also reminding residents of support available. Ann Shaw said:

"To anyone who is concerned about their finances, do get confidential advice from the CAB or information from one of our Benefits advisors. There's a lot of help and support out there and the earlier you can get advice the better.

"Again, I'm calling on pensioners in need to apply to the Council's Beat the Killer Cold fund. We have some extra funds to help pensioners on top of the government winter fuel allowance. Keeping warm is not a luxury, it's a lifesaver."