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Non-domestic Rates: Garages and Petrol Stations

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many supermarket petrol retail outlets have been notified that their rateable value (a) has been reduced, (b) remains unchanged and (c) has risen by over (i) 10 per cent., (ii) 50 per cent., (iii) 100 per cent. (iv) 150 per cent., (v) 200 per cent., (vi) 250 per cent., (vii) 300 per cent. and (viii) 350 per cent. for the purpose of calculating the business rate to come into effect on 1 April 2010. (311057)

All supermarkets have been sent summary valuation calculations notifying the occupiers of their new rateable value (RV), and have been invited to contact their local valuation officer if they think the change in their RV may be incorrect.

The RV for a supermarket petrol retail outlet forms part of the overall rateable value of the supermarket. The SCAT codes do not allow us to separately identify supermarkets with petrol retails outlets from supermarkets without petrol retail outlets. Therefore, information on the distribution of supermarket petrol retail outlets by change in RV is not held centrally.

The five-yearly business rates revaluations make sure each business pays its fair contribution and no more. The 2010 revaluation will not raise a single extra penny for Government and over a million properties will see their business rate liabilities come down as a result of revaluation.

As a result of the £2 billion transitional relief scheme we have put in place, no property (including petrol retail outlets) will see its rates rise by more than 11 per cent. in 2010-11 as a result of revaluation, with increases capped at just 3.5 per cent. for small properties.