Non-Domestic Rates

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

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average business rates bill was in each Government Office region in each year since 1997-98; and what it is expected to be in each region in 2010-11.

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, regional 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.

North East North West Yorkshire and the Humber East Midlands West Midlands East of England London South East South West England
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 8,704 8,496 8,479 9,021 8,906 10,003 15,886 11,192 7,538 10,275
2007-08 8,941 8,719 8,501 9,189 9,031 9,999 15,733 11,210 7,655 10,330
2008-09 9,452 9,473 9,288 9,946 9,743 10,804 17,482 12,325 8,279 11,274
2009-10 10,157 10,159 10,009 10,610 10,602 11,519 19,120 13,190 8,816 12,145

The data are taken from NNDR returns submitted by billing authorities.

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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