There are 1,850 hereditaments with a rateable value less than, or equal to, £6,000 and 1,300 hereditaments with a rateable value greater than £6,000 and less than, or equal to, £12,000 in the City of York
The report "Small Business Rate Relief-improving evidence on eligibility and take-up" was published on December 9 2009 and it estimates that of the approximately 1.2 million non-domestic properties in England which fall below the current rateable value (RV) thresholds for SBRR, around 575,000 are occupied by eligible small businesses. This report has been validated by an independent peer review and is available at:
This methodology can only be applied to England as a whole. Therefore, it is not possible to estimate how many non-domestic properties qualify for SBRR in the City of York.
However, new experimental statistics on the number of hereditaments claiming small business rate relief (SBRR) published on the Communities and Local Government website on
By applying that figure to the eligibility estimates made for the 2005 rating list it is estimated that around 80 per cent. of eligible hereditaments in England were claiming SBRR in 2008-09 - see table 1 as follows.
Relief granted to small businesses has increased since SBRR was introduced-from £202 million in 2005-06 to £298 million in 2008-09. This represents a real terms rise of 34 per cent. Furthermore, in 2008-09, 92 per cent. of the total relief available was claimed-see table as follows.
This statistical release is available at:
|Table 1: Take-up of SBRR-numbers claiming|
|Number of hereditaments actually claiming SBRR (thousands)||396||433||462|
|Number of hereditaments estimated to be occupied by eligible small businesses (thousands)||575||575||575|
|Percentage of estimated eligible actually claiming||69||75||80|
|Table 2: Take-up of SBRR 2005-06 to 2008-09-relief|
|Total relief that would be paid out if all properties estimated to be occupied by eligible small businesses were to claim(1): (£ million)||295||300||315||325|
|Relief actually claimed: (£ million)||202||237||259||298|
|(1) For details of how this estimate was made please see the paper "Small business rate relief-improving evidence on eligibility and take-up: Methodology". |
(2) Percentage of total relief, which would be paid if all eligible small businesses claimed it, that was actually paid.