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Non-Domestic Rates: Small Businesses

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department allocated to small business rate relief in each year since 2005; and how much was claimed in such relief in each local authority area in each year. (258762)

The Department does not allocate funding for small business rate relief as this is funded by businesses not eligible for the relief by a supplement on their rates bill.

In regard to relief claimed in each local authority I refer to my answer given to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone) on 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1660W.

I have placed in the Library of the House a table showing (a) the number of businesses that were in receipt of small business rate relief in each local authority in England as at 31 December 2006, the only year for which this information is currently available and (b) the total relief granted in each local authority in England in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.