Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th September 2017.

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Photo of Lord Mendelsohn Lord Mendelsohn Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Spokesperson (International Trade)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are planning to take to prevent or limit any negative impact on small businesses from the Valuation Office Agency's decisions (1) to class communal spaces such as staircases, corridors and lifts as separate premises for the calculation of business rates, and (2) to bill businesses for this change retrospectively.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The recent change in the Valuation Office Agency’s approach to assessing units within multi-occupied buildings follows a Supreme Court judgement. The Government is considering the implications of this judgement, including for small businesses. Following Budget 2016, the Government announced a wide-ranging package of measures to support rate payers, that will be worth £9 billion over the next five years.

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