Issue - decisions
National non-Domestic Discretionary Rate Relief 2019/20
The Strategic Director (Internal Services) informed Members that the Council reviewed National Non-Domestic Discretionary Rate Relief annually. Depending on their circumstances some NNDR ratepayers might be eligible for mandatory rate relief, mandatory rural rate relief or small business rate relief. Charities and sports organisations with charitable status and sports clubs registered with HMRC as community amateur sports clubs currently received 80% mandatory relief but in addition it was open to the Council to grant discretionary rate relief to any ratepayer. Discretionary rate relief could be awarded in isolation or to top up a mandatory award or to supplement assistance given via the small business rate relief scheme. The types of properties eligible for discretionary relief and the current criteria for eligibility were outlined in the report. The details of each ratepayer to be considered for relief in 2019/20 and the recommended level of relief in each case was outlined in Appendix A to the report, amounting to total gross relief of £189,361. The report also provided an update on the local discretionary business rate relief scheme (Revaluation Relief) and the proposed approach for implementation of the Retail Discount Scheme for 2019/20 and 2020/21.
1. That the maximum level of discretionary rate relief for 2019/20 for the organisations listed in Appendix A to the report be determined in accordance with the detailed recommendations set out in Appendix A to the report;
2. That the estimated level of discretionary Business Rates Relief to be awarded in 2019/20 set out in paragraph 3.26 of the report be noted; and
3. That the Business Rates Retail Discount Guidelines contained in Appendix E to the report be approved.