Non-domestic Rates

Treasury written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what notification to the Valuation Office Agency is required of business rate payers when a hereditament is split; and how many such notifications were made in each year since 2000.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

Ratepayers may make a formal proposal to the local Valuation Officer asking that a hereditament be treated as more than one hereditament (split) but there is no legal requirement to advise the Valuation Officer of this. The number of rating proposals made from 2000 in England and Wales to split is shown in the following table:

Number of rating proposals
April 2000 to March 2001 8,250
April 2001 to March 2002 6,830
April 2002 to March 2003 6,310
April 2003 to March 2004 6,260
April 2004 to March 2005 8,550
April 2005 to March 2006 3,960
April 2006 to March 2007 3,600
April 2007 to March 2008 3,330
Apr 2008 to March 2009 5,040
April 2009 to February 2010 4,080
Total 56,210
Note:

Figures rounded to nearest ten.

Rating list entries are also split as a direct result of information being supplied to the valuation officer by either the respective billing authority or by the valuation officer becoming aware of the need to alter an entry in the rating list. The number of reports made since 2000 in England and Wales by billing authorities is shown in the following table:

Number of billing a uthority and VO reports to split
April 2000 to March 2001 40,570
April 2001 to March 2002 9,910
April 2002 to March 2003 29,670
April 2003 to March 2004 30,680
April 2004 to March 2005 28,540
April 2005 to March 2006 47,130
April 2006 to March 2007 30,520
April 2007 to March 2008 32,610
April 2008 to March 2009 34,900
April 2009 to February 2010 31,050
Total 335,570
Note:

Figures rounded to the nearest ten.

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