Decision Maker: Executive
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To consider changes to the Council’s Business Rate Discretionary Relief Policy.
The Government has introduced a number of measures to assist businesses with the cost of Business Rates.
The measures are designed as a temporary incentive to be delivered via the Council’s discretionary relief powers, under section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.
The Council already has an established policy for granting discretionary rate relief, but the changes requested by Government, will fall outside this policy. This report seeks to vary the local policy in order to incorporate the proposed changes.
The Government will fully reimburse local authorities for the local share of the discretionary relief granted, using a grant under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003.
RESOLVED that the Executive agrees:
(a) to vary the Charitable Relief Policy to allow relief to be granted in the specific circumstances detailed in the report; and
(b) to delegate the award of the discretionary relief, as detailed in the report, to officers in accordance with relevant guidance issued by Government.
Publication date: 05/03/2014
Date of decision: 03/03/2014
Decided at meeting: 03/03/2014 - Executive
Effective from: 15/03/2014