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Small Businesses: Tax Allowances

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the number of businesses eligible for small business rate relief in each financial year since April 2005; and how many of these claimed the relief in each year; (201472)

(2) how much was claimed in small business rate relief by (a) small businesses and (b) post offices in each financial year since April 2005;

(3) how many post offices claimed small business rate relief in each financial year since April 2005; and what the value of relief claimed by each post office branch was in each year.

Local authorities reported there were 392,000 businesses in England in receipt of small business rate relief as at 31 December 2006, the only year for which this information is currently available. Information on the number of businesses who are eligible for small business rate relief is not available.

Details of the total relief granted since 2005-06 are given, in millions, in the following table:

£ million

2005-06

202

2006-07

237

2007-08

235

Data for 2005-06 and 2006-07 are outturn figures while the figure for 2007-08 is a forecast.

It is not possible to say how many post offices claim small business rate relief or the value of the relief granted as we do not collect data on the type of business claiming small business rate relief or the value.