Locally Administered Business Rates Relief Scheme
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To seek approval for a new locally
administered business rates relief scheme
The Executive Director for Commercialisation presented the highlights of the report to Members.
The Government have made it clear that funding for this discretionary relief is to be used to help those facing the steepest increases as a result of the revaluation.
In accordance with legislation relief cannot be granted to precepting authorities.
The suggested discretionary relief guidelines from 1 April 2017, detailed in Appendix 1 sets out the criteria to be taken into consideration in deciding whether relief should be given, the procedure for applications and an appeals process where there has been a refusal to grant relief.
As limited funding is available the Council has modelled the cost of allowing relief broadly in line with The Governments approach with two options:-
1) The Rateable Value of the property is less than £200,000 and the increase is capped at 12.5%
2) The Rateable Value of the property is less than £200,000 and the increase is capped at 11% with relief being restricted to local businesses.
The recipients of this discretionary award will be businesses facing the steepest increases in their business rates bills as a result of the 2017 Business rates Revaluation.
The cost of allowing relief can only be modelled on a yearly basis and therefore Cabinet is also requested to delegate the power to set the % increase and rateable value cap each year to the Section 151 Officer.
The introduction of these guidelines has sought to provide more information and clarity concerning the organisations that will benefit and the criteria used to determine relief. They also ensure that only those businesses with a rateable value under £200,000 impacted by the revaluation, receive relief.
By restricting relief to local businesses the Council can afford to provide relief to those who have had increases of more than 11%. Also it will leave a contingency of approximately £28K in the fund whilst allowing us to help more businesses.
As the amount of funding reduces each year the Section 151 Officer can adjust the amount of relief according to the funding available.
It was RESOLVED that Cabinet RECOMMEND to FULL COUNCIL:
1) that the guidelines to award relief to local businesses with a rateable value under £200,000 and an increase resulting from the 2017 revaluation above 11% be approved.
2) the Section 151 Officer in conjunction with the Leader is given delegated power to finalise the scheme and to determine the Rateable value cap and percentage each year.
Report author: Jo Andrews
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Date of decision: 10/07/2017
Decided at meeting: 10/07/2017 - Cabinet