2020/21 Business rates multipliers confirmed

The Government has confirmed the local finance settlement for the 2020/21 rate year and, following this, has confirmed to Uniform Business Rate multipliers that will apply from 1 April 2020. In England, these will be 49.9 pence for small businesses and 51.2 for larger businesses. ...Read More

Nominal rateable value correct for musuem

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has published an important decision regarding the basis of valuation for rating purposes of historic buildings occupied on a “not for profit” basis. The Tribunal’s decision in Hughes (VO) v Exeter City Council will be of interest to all those involved with the valuation for rating purposes of museums and other historic buildings. ...Read More

No charitable rate relief for NHS Trusts

The High Court has dismissed a claim made by a number of NHS foundation trusts that they should benefit from charitable rates relief in respect of the hospitals and other properties occupied by the trusts. The Court found that the trusts were not established for charitable purposes only and, because of this, they were not entitled to charitable rate relief. ...Read More

Rating assessment deleted during building works

The decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in Colour Weddings Ltd v Roberts (VO) deals with the treatment of a property undergoing works of alteration to enable a change of use from warehouse to wedding venue, and how the rating assessment should be altered to reflect those works. ...Read More