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Non-Domestic Rates: York

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty commercial properties in City of York Council area were exempt from commercial rates under the Government's temporary exemption scheme in 2009; what the monetary value was of the rate income foregone; and what the financial effects of such relief on City of York Council were. (307385)

Data about the number of empty commercial properties in 2009 have not yet been collected. It is planned that these data will be requested from all billing authorities in England as at 31 December 2009.

Data on the value of the empty property rate relief granted in 2009-10 will be collected on the annual national non-domestic rates (NNDR3) form completed by all billing authorities in England after the end of the current financial year.

Any non-domestic rate relief granted because properties are empty has no financial effect on a billing authority. Any relief granted reduces the amount of national non-domestic rates an authority will be able to collect and subsequently required to contribute to the national non-domestic rates pool. If an authority awards more relief than envisaged at the budget stage, and consequently collects less non-domestic rates, measures are available to the authority to reduce its contribution to the pool either within year or after the year has ended.