Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Chair, Public Accounts Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 900568, what compensation is available for businesses that win at appeal but have suffered losses between the original valuation and appeal.

Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Chair, Public Accounts Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 900568, what support is available to businesses that have had their property incorrectly valued by the Valuation Office Agency.

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

Where the valuation of a non-domestic property is altered following a successful appeal, the ratepayer will generally receive a backdated refund. Local authorities also have wide-ranging powers to provide discretionary rate relief to businesses in their area, including where a business is experiencing significant financial hardship. From April 2017, the Government introduced reforms to the appeals system to help reduce the delays caused by large numbers of speculative appeals.

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