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Regional Development Agencies: Empty Property

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each regional development agency has budgeted to pay in empty property business rates in 2008-09. (253778)

The following table shows how much each regional development agency has budgeted to pay business rates on empty properties in 2008-09.

Budgeted business rates on empty properties in 2008-09

RDA

£000

AWM

35

EEDA

109

EMDA

24

LDA

164

NWDA

83

ONE

191

SEEDA

1309

SWERDA

146

YF

21,020

1 An assessment is currently being undertaken on an additional property following its purchase.

2 The economic regeneration of Yorkshire and Humber’s main urban centres is a Regional Economic Strategy Priority. To support delivery of this priority, YF has acquired strategic properties and sites. The economic downturn is lengthening the delivery of re-uses and new uses for these sites which impacts on rates and empty rates costs.