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Regional Development Agencies: Non-domestic Rates

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the cost to regional development agencies of paying national non-domestic rates in respect of empty commercial properties in 2009-10. (255740)

The following table shows the estimated cost to RDAs of paying national non-domestic rates in respect of empty commercial properties in 2009-10.

RDA

Estimated cost to RDAs of paying national non-domestic rates for empty commercial properties in 2009-10 (£000)

AWM

53

EEDA

90

EMDA

44

LDA

164

NWDA

112

ONE

200

SEEDA

325

SWRDA

272

YF

1918

1 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.