Finance & Governance Cabinet Member – Minutes – 4 October 2018

1 (1) NATIONAL NON-DOMESTIC RATE DISCRETIONARY RELIEF APPLICATIONS – The Director: Governance and Partnerships submitted a report considering the level of National Non-Domestic (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.  As the council was part of the Lincolnshire 100% Business Rates Retention Pilot the council would fund 99% of all reliefs in 2018/19.

The report considered new applications for relief as well as ratepayers already in receipt of rate relief. New and existing applicants continued to return forms fully completed.

The council also has a Hardship Relief scheme for cases of exceptional hardship.

Resolved – That the proposal to award the level of rate relief to each applicant as set out in the appendix to the report, be approved.

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