To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the addresses and the rateable values, according to (a) the 2005 rating list as amended, and (b) the draft 2010 rating list, of each individual hereditament within a port that has been recently valued or revalued as part of the new regime of business rates on ports. [HL6033]
The 2005 non-domestic rating list and the draft 2010 non-domestic rating lists are published on the website of the Valuation Office Agency and are available to be inspected at http://www.voa.gov.uk/.
The rating lists are compiled at billing authority level. The Valuation Office Agency does not hold lists at a lower spatial level, for instance for smaller locations such as ports. The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Properties located within the ports that satisfy the tests of rateability have always been subject to separate assessment—this is not a new regime. The Valuation Office Agency's review of ports was to ensure ports and separate business properties located within ports are accurately assessed for rates. Prior to review, around 1,600 business properties located within ports were separately assessed for rates. Around 700 were separately assessed for the first time following review.
The Government have listened to the concerns of businesses with significant and unexpected backdated bills, including some businesses within ports. It has legislated to enable such bills to be repaid over an unprecedented eight years rather than in a single instalment, helping affected businesses to manage the impact on their cash flow during the downturn by reducing the amount they are required to pay now by 87 per cent.
As at 8 October 2009, local authorities have reported that ratepayers occupying 221 properties within ports had fully discharged their backdated liability and ratepayers occupying a further 200 business properties within ports had been granted a schedule of payments.