From 1 April 2017, the Government is providing funding to local authorities so that they can give a discount worth £1,500 in years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 for office space occupied by local newspapers.

The award of this discount is considered to amount to State Aid. However, it will be State Aid compliant where it is provided, in accordance with the de minimis regulations EC 1407/2013. The de minimis regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to €200,000 'de minimis' aid over a rolling, three-year period.

Please note that this relief will cease at the end of the 2019/20 financial year.

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 one property only
  • Subject to State Aid limits


  • Local council newspapers
  • Online publications
  • Local magazines

Application process

There is no application form for this local discount. To apply, please email with a statement confirming that you meet the criteria for relief. If you have any queries please contact Revenues on 01789 260993.

Last updated on 11/03/2019

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