Non-domestic Rates: York

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many business premises in York have rateable values for 2010-11 of (a) less than £6,000 and (b) between £6,000 and £12,000; and how many of each of these categories of premises qualify for small business rate relief.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Minister of State (the East of England), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (the East of England), Department for Communities and Local Government

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:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/

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 25 February 2010, show that 462,000 hereditaments in England were benefiting from SBRR on December 31st 2008.

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:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/sbrrfeb2010

Table 1: Take-up of SBRR-numbers claiming
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
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
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
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
Percentage take-up(2): 69 78 83 92
(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.

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