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Non-Domestic Rates

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive scheme for 2008-09 will include incentive payment for additional business rate revenue collected due to (a) empty property business rates and (b) an increase in the number on frequency of empty dwellings. (199012)

Under the original three-year LABGI scheme, the Chancellor allocated up to £l billion to local authorities in England and Wales for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. The Government intend to make payments under a reformed scheme from 2009-10, and are considering these plans. This will allow us to look carefully at the lessons learned from the original scheme and to consult widely on how to get the best possible outcomes from a reformed scheme.