COVID-19 “material change” business rates appeals to be quashed

The Government has announced that it will introduce legislation to “rule out” business rates appeals made seeking reductions in assessment because of any “material change of circumstances” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, an additional £1.5 billion of support will be made available to businesses affected by the pandemic that have not, so far, been eligible for business rates relief. The additional relief will be made available through local authorities, on application by affected ratepayers. Applications will commence only once the legislation to suppress appeals is in place. ...Read More

Budget 2021 – limited extension of business rates reliefs

In his 2021 Budget, the Chancellor has announced a limited extension to business rates holiday that has been in place since 1 April 2020. Qualifying retail, hospitality and leisure, properties will continue to receive 100% rates relief for the period April to June 2021. From June 2021, relief will continue at 66% for the rest of the 2021-22 rate year, but will be capped at £2 million per business for properties that were required to be closed on 5 January 2021, or £105,000 per business for other eligible properties. ...Read More

Review of Business Rates is delayed

The publication of the Government’s final report on the fundamental review of business rates has now been delayed until Autumn 2021. The review was announced by the Chancellor in the Spring Budget of 2020 and was originally due to publish a final report in time for the 2020 Autumn Statement. When that Autumn Statement was scrapped because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, publication of the final report of this review was postponed until Spring 2021. It has now been postponed further to Autumn 2021 ”when there is more economic certainty”. ...Read More

Freeze in Uniform Business Rate multipliers for 2021/22 confirmed

The Local Government Finance Act 1988 (Non-Domestic Rating Multipliers) (England) Order 2021 confirms that the Uniform Business Rate multiplier for 2021/20 in England will be frozen at it current level of 49.9 pence. The Order confirms an announcement made as part of the Autumn Statement last year, but will offer little real assistance to ratepayers struggling under the burden of the current lockdown in England ...Read More

Business rates multiplier frozen for 2021/22

As part of the announcements made in support of the Chancellor’s spending review, HM Treasury has confirmed that the business rates multiplier for 2021/22 will remain frozen at its current level in England, and will not increase in line with inflation. There will be further announcements later regarding addition business rates reliefs for 2021/22, to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...Read More

September 2020 CPI figures

The September 2020 Consumer Prices' Index (CPI) figures have been published, and shows a 0.5% increase over previous year. This sets the upper limit for any increase in the Uniform Business Rates (UBR) for next rate year, 2021/22. In normal times next year's UBR would follow the increase in CPI. Ministers will have to consider the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the inflation figures, when setting the UBR for next year. Business will want some certainty on this at the earliest possible opportunity. ...Read More

Rating revaluation in Scotland postponed to 2023

The Scottish Government has published its “Programme for Scotland 2020-2021” which includes an announcement that the rating revaluation that was due to take effect in Scotland from 1 April 2022 has been postponed to 1 April 2023, and will be based on property values at 1 April 2022. The Scottish Government’s move realigns the revaluation date in Scotland with those in England and Wales, but bases its valuations on property values at 1 April 2022, rather than on 1 April 2021 as in England and Wales. ...Read More

Rating revaluation in Wales postponed to 2023

The Minister for Finance in the Welsh Assembly Government, Rebecca Evans MS, has announced that the rating revaluation that was proposed to come into force in Wales on 1 April 2021, has been postponed. The revaluation will, instead, come into force on 1 April 2023 and will to be based on rental values at 1 April 2021. The Minister’s statement says that “postponing the revaluation to 2023 will mean that the rateable values on which rates bills are based will better reflect the impact of COVID-19". The move mirrors a similar change in England, announced in the Spring Budget. ...Read More

Rating Revaluation in 2023

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman, has made a written statement on 21 July, announcing that the next rating revaluation in England will take effect from 1 April 2023, and will be based upon values at 1 April 2021. This revaluation replaces one that was due to take effect from 1 April 2022 based upon property values at 1 April 2019. The government statement says that the change in date will allow the revaluation better to reflect the effects of Covid 19 on property values. ...Read More

Proposed 2021 rating revaluation deferred

The Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, has announced that the rating revaluation that was proposed to come into force on 1 April 2021, has been postponed. The legislation to bring forward the date of the revaluation from 2022 to 2021 is to be withdrawn. ...Read More