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Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assumptions on the number of non-domestic properties affected by recent changes to empty property business rate relief were made for the purposes of the most recent impact assessment made of those changes. (251730)

VOA records show that 70 per cent. of all properties are under the £15,000 exemption threshold announced at the pre-Budget report and if these are unoccupied in 2009-10 they will not pay empty property rates. We have assumed that there will be no significant increase in the number of claimants of empty property relief and that the distribution of empty properties below the rateable value threshold of £15,000 will follow that of all non-domestic properties. We have based our costs of the amendment on the rateable value below this threshold.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many non-domestic dwellings are liable for empty property business rates. (252626)

I refer the hon. Member to answer given by the Minister with responsibility for Housing, my hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Iain Wright) to the hon. Member for Brent, East (Sarah Teather) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1493W.