Business Rates

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average business rates bill was in (a) England and (b) each government office region in England in each year since 1996-97; and what she estimates it will be in 2006-07.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Local Government & Community Cohesion), Department for Communities and Local Government

The average business rates bill (in £s) in both England and in each Government Office region in each year since 1996-97, including the estimated average figures for 2006-07, are shown in the following table.

North East North West Yorkshire and the Humber East Midlands West Midlands East of England London South East South West England
1996-97 5,335 4,895 5,235 5,454 5,335 6,873 11,921 7,432 4,881 6,804
1997-98 5,501 5,215 5,381 5,716 5,686 7,026 10,057 7,208 7,087 6,796
1998-99 5,978 5,589 5,869 6,142 6,250 7,125 10,433 7,759 5,295 7,016
1999-2000 6,159 5,770 6,005 6,251 6,487 7,080 9,792 7,796 5,412 6,998
2000-01 6,968 6,825 6,954 7,237 7,588 8,096 12,033 9,212 6,332 8,264
2001-02 7,305 7,273 7,433 7,670 7,756 8,476 12,842 9,705 6,570 8,714
2002-03 7,498 7,646 7,664 7,846 8,003 8,685 13,753 10,045 6,658 9,071
2003-04 7,518 7,708 7,623 7,893 8,055 8,620 14,124 10,053 6,614 9,137
2004-05 7,701 7,793 7,773 7,955 8,192 8,740 14,484 10,252 6,662 9,301
2005-06 8,367 8,086 8,317 8,477 8,672 9,575 15,705 11,124 7,195 9,997
2006-07 8,892 8,789 8,731 9,221 9,041 10,085 16,561 11,804 7,624 10,601

The data are taken from NNDR returns submitted by billing authorities. Average business rate is calculated by dividing the net rate yield from local authority's lists by the number of hereditaments on local list as at 31 December of the previous year.

Comparisons across regions and years may not be valid as the rateable values for individual properties, and hence actual rates bills, vary greatly. Changes in the figures for the years around 2000-01 are affected by transfers of properties from the central list to local lists, transfers of Crown properties to local lists and the adjustments made to the multiplier at the time of the 2000 revaluation to take account of losses from appeals. 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.

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