Non-Domestic Rates

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average business rate charge was in England in (a) real terms in 2010 prices and (b) cash terms in each year since 1997-98 for which figures are available.

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

We do not hold figures for the average bill paid by an individual business for national non-domestic rates. However, for 1997-98 to 2009-10, the figures derived from dividing the net rate yield from local authorities' rating lists by the number of hereditaments on the local list as at 31 December of the previous year are shown in the following table.

The figures shown are for England, and are in both cash and in real terms based on 2009 prices. It is not possible to express these figures in April 2010 prices as the relevant deflator is not yet available.

Cash (£) Real terms (£)
1997-98 6,796 9,196
1998-99 7,016 9,126
1999-2000 6,998 8,959
2000-01 8,264 10,275
2001-02 8,714 10,647
2002-03 9,071 10,919
2003-04 9,137 10,665
2004-05 9,301 10,593
2005-06 9,997 11,035
2006-07 10,275 11,059
2007-08 10,330 10,637
2008-09 11,274 11,142
2009-10 12,145 12,145

The data are taken from national non-domestic rates (NNDR) returns submitted by all billing authorities in England. Figures for 2009-10 are estimates and data for 2010-11 are not yet available.

Comparisons between years may not be valid as the rateable values for individual properties and hence the actual rates bills vary greatly. Changes in the number of hereditaments on the local lists will also affect the figures. In particular, the figures for 1998-99 to 2000-01 are affected by transfers of properties from the central list to local ones, transfers of crown properties to local lists and adjustments made to the multiplier at the time of the 2000 revaluation. 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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