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Non-Domestic Rates

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average business rate bill was in (a) cash and (b) real terms based on 2009 prices in each year since 1997-98. (307845)

The average non-domestic rates bill (in £s) in England in each year since 1997-98, including the estimated average figures for 2009-10, both in cash and in real terms based on 2009 prices, is shown in the following table.

Average non-domestic rates bill England

£

Cash

Real terms

1997-98

6,796

9,196

1998-99

7,016

9,126

1999-00

6,998

8,959

2000-01

8,264

10,275

2001-02

8,714

10,647

2002-03

9,071

10,919

2003-04

9,137

10,665

2004-05

9,301

10,593

2005-06

9,997

11,035

2006-07

10,275

11,059

2007-08

10,330

10,637

2008-09

11,274

11,142

2009-10 (estimated)

12,145

12,145

The data are taken from National non-domestic rates (NNDR) returns submitted by all billing authorities in England. Figures for 2009-10 are estimates.

Average business rate is calculated by dividing the net rate yield from local authority's lists by the number of hereditaments on the local list as at 31 December of the previous year.

Comparisons between years may not be valid as the rateable values for individual properties, and hence the actual rates bills, vary greatly. In addition, the figures for 1998-99 to 2000-01 are affected by transfers of properties from the central list to local ones; transfers of crown properties to local lists and adjustments made to the multiplier at the time of the 2000 revaluation. Changes in the figures for the years around 2005-06 are also affected by adjustments made to the multiplier at the time of the 2005 revaluation.