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Empty Property: Rates and Rating

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the costs of (a) administration of and (b) collection of revenue from empty property rates. (193761)

The impact assessment accompanying the Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (England) Regulations 2008 No. 386, which was laid before Parliament on the 26 February 2008 gives details and assessment of the net additional costs arising from the reform to empty property rates. It is anticipated that local government will face a one-off additional cost during 2007-08 totalling £1.66 million and the Government are in the process of preparing a funding package to ensure that cost is funded.