Decision details

Discretionary rate relief - SEPT17/CMDN/44

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Resources

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


From business rates for charities, similar organisations not established or conducted for profit and rural businesses


Reasons for the decision:

This report covers renewal applications for discretionary rate relief received since submission of the previous Cabinet Member Decision Notice for renewals. The recommendations are in line with the guidelines for charities and other similar organisations shown below.


Awards of discretionary relief are allowed under s47 Local Government Finance Act 1988 (as amended by the Local Government Act 2003) and the Local Government and Rating Act 1997 to the following rate payers:


·         Charities where the property in question is used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes;

·         Organisations not established or conducted for profit whose main objectives are, charitable or otherwise philanthropic, religious, concerned with education, social welfare, science, literature or the fine arts;

·         Clubs or societies not established or conducted for profit where the property is wholly or mainly used for the purposes of recreation.

·         Where the property is within the authorities Rural Settlement list, the rateable value of the property is less than £16,500 and the property is used for purposes that benefit the local community.


The organisations included within the appendices fall into one of the above categories.


Following the introduction of the business rates retention scheme on 1 April 2013, whereby councils are able to retain a proportion of business rates, the council is required to submit an annual declaration within statutory deadlines and forms part of the council’s formal budget process. The final calculation of business rates to be retained locally has several calculations including deducting an estimate for Discretionary Rate Relief before apportioning the councils local share of 49%. The council has estimated that £0.39m Discretionary Rate Relief will be awarded for 2017/18 following applications from businesses and organisations.


The value of the proposed relief at Appendix A for the 2017/18 financial year is £301,703.08 with an additional £33,450.98 in respect of 2016/17 giving a total of £335,154.06 at this stage and is in line with the original estimate. Any over or under estimate will be adjusted for accordingly at the end of the financial year. For 2018/19 an estimate for Discretionary Rate Relief will be included in the annual declaration to calculate the locally retained business rates for 2018/19.


Appendix B details the applications which have been rejected and the reason for the recommendation, the total value of the relief in question being £16,379.90 which would result in a loss of income to the Council of £8,026.15 based on its 49% share.


Both appendices provide relevant information and show the amount of relief given which is extracted from the Councils local taxation system. This takes into account all other reliefs granted e.g. small business rate relief, mandatory charitable relief etc together with changes in Rateable Value and date of occupancy.


The cost of granting the above relief will be accounted for via a reduction to the Collectable Debit and incoming receipts for Business Rates.


Alternative options considered:

Alternative options to be considered include not allowing discretionary relief and allowing relief at a higher or lower level. However, to ensure consistency and equality, the recommendations are in line with the council guidelines and with previous decisions for similar organisations. 

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


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Publication date: 29/09/2017

Date of decision: 29/09/2017

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