Business Transformation & Finance Cabinet Member – Minutes – 7 August 2017

4 (4) NATIONAL NON-DOMESTIC RATE RELIEF APPLICATIONS – The Director: Governance and Partnerships submitted a report seeking approval for the level of National Non-Domestic Rate (NNDR) discretionary relief to be awarded to eligible ratepayers in North Lincolnshire.

NNDR legislation made provision for granting relief to a range of non- domestic properties. That included, for example, small business relief, charitable relief and empty property relief. Some relief was mandated and must be granted; other relief was discretionary.

Under the current regime of part localisation of NNDR the council funded a proportion of both mandatory and discretionary reliefs.  For the level of collection assumed in the budget the council would fund 44% of all reliefs.

The levels of all mandatory and discretionary reliefs were reported periodically to inform the Cabinet Member of the forecast impact on the budget.  The details were shown at Appendix A to the report.

The ratepayers in receipt of rate relief in 2015/16 have had their applications reviewed. New and existing applicants continued to return forms fully completed.

 Resolved – (a) That the level of rate relief to each applicant, as set out in the schedule to the report, be approved, and (b) that the latest position for 2017/18 on business rate reliefs be noted.

The corresponding report of the following item (Minute 5 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

5 (5) RE-GRADING OF THE POST OF COMMERCIAL PRACTIONER FOLLOWING RE-EVALUATION – The Director: Governance and Partnerships submitted a report seeking approval of a regrading of the post of Commercial Practioner.

The Commercial Practitioner post was responsible for the effective delivery of a full range of financial support and advice to schools. The service was offered to schools as part of the council’s commercial Services to Schools offer.

Since the establishment of the post, the responsibilities of the Commercial Practitioner had increased. Duties carried out on behalf of schools had become more complex in nature due to differing financial regulations and timetables dependant on the type of school supported.

The post had therefore been subject to re-evaluation to consider the additional duties in accordance with the provisions of the council’s pay and grading policies.

Resolved – That the regrading of the post of Commercial Practioner, as set out in the report, be approved.

 

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