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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2017 to Question 62421, what estimate he has made of the total cost of business rate changes to public bodies in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Birmingham; and if he will make a statement.
My Department does not hold the necessary data to estimate the changes in the costs for all public bodies resulting from the 2017 business rates revaluation.
A £3.6 billion transitional relief scheme will provide support for the minority of properties which face an increase in rates as a result of the 2017 revaluation, and applies equally to public bodies.
My Department is working closely with the Treasury to determine how best to provide further support to businesses facing the steepest increases. We expect to be in a position to make an announcement on this at the Budget, in just two weeks.