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Non-domestic Rates

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will establish a cross-Government review on the effect of the new regime of retrospective business rates on (a) businesses and (b) cross-border trade. (286681)

There will be no cross-Government review, as the business rates legislation concerning when a business becomes liable to pay rates has not changed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 13 March 2009, Official Report, column 768W, on non-domestic rates: small businesses, what timetable his Department has set for the publication of data on the take-up rate of small business rate relief. (286814)

No timetable for this work has yet been set. We are currently examining data reported by local authorities on the annual national non-domestic rate return to assess their quality before making a decision on whether they are suitable for publication.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 24 April 2009, Official Report, column 921W, on non-domestic rates: small businesses, what the maximum cash value of small business rate relief, including the value of the lower small business multiplier to a firm in (a) London and (b) outside London is in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10. (279885)

Eligible businesses which have been granted small business rate relief have their rates calculated using the small business rates multiplier, and those under £10,000 in rateable value also receive a discount. The maximum value of the small business rate relief will apply to properties of £5,000 rateable value, as properties up to that value receive the maximum 50 per cent. discount.

The maximum cash value of small business rate relief that could be granted to a firm both inside and outside of London (excluding the City of London) was £1,165 in 2008-09 and £1,222.50 in 2009-10.

The City of London authority is allowed to add an additional supplement onto the rates multiplier of 0.4p in the pound. This means the maximum cash value of small business rate relief that could be granted to a firm in the City of London was £1,175 in 2008-09 and £1,232.50 in 2009-10.

This does not take into account any deferral of the rate increase for 2009-10.