Rate relief for Community Libraries
Hambleton District Council have recognised the important and intrinsic role that community libraries provide by reducing the burden of business rates upon the libraries.
Hambleton based libraries can now apply to be awarded a 20% discretionary rate relief for the next financial year.
“Community libraries are a valuable resource for Hambleton, providing much more for their areas than traditional library activities,”
Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Robson.
Councillor Robson added, “We have reviewed our criteria for awarding discretionary rate relief and have agreed that community libraries should qualify. I am pleased the council can continue to support these volunteer led facilities – which are now free from the financial burden of business rates.”
Last year, Hambleton District Council awarded Easingwold, Thirsk, Bedale, Stokesley and Great Ayton community libraries start up grants of £5,000 each, to help with the initial running of the libraries. It is the intention of the district council that the community libraries will be completely free of business rates for the next year.