The UK Government has introduced wide-ranging cuts to business rates benefitting all ratepayers in England that are worth more than £13bn over the next five years. They include a £1,000 discount for small and medium pubs in 2017-18 and 2018-19, and a retail discount of one third for two years from April 2019, for which pubs will be eligible. The pubs sector will also benefit from the Budget 2018 freeze on beer duty.
As business rates are devolved, business rates policy in Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Government. The UK Government is providing Barnett consequential funding so the Devolved Administrations may provide similar support if they wish.