Public Houses: Non-domestic Rates

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th March 2017.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when consultation to determine eligibility for the £1,000 business rate discount for public houses announced in paragraph 4.5 of the Spring Budget 2017 will conclude.

Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will encourage local authorities to use the funds for discretionary relief on business rates to help music venues.

Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether music venues will be eligible for the £1,000 business rate discount for public houses announced in paragraph 4.5 of the Spring Budget 2017.

Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department is providing to music venues whose business rates are increasing from 1 April 2017.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

Holding answer received on 15 March 2017

The Government has put in place a £3.6 billion package of transitional relief to help businesses facing an increase in business rates. The Budget on 8 March set out a further package to support businesses that may have difficulty paying business rates, including a £1000 discount for eligible pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000. My Department will shortly publish a consultation setting out proposals for the eligibility criteria for this discount. Additionally, £110 million will be available to assist those ratepayers losing small business rates relief or rural rate relief as a result of revaluation.

The Government is also making available a £300 million discretionary relief fund over the next four years to enable local authorities to help individual businesses that are facing increased rates bills. Decisions on how this discretionary fund should be distributed will be for local authorities. A consultation on this scheme is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/598261/Discretionary_Business_Rates_Relief_Scheme_consultation.pdf

All of these schemes can be applied to music venues, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

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