Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
TITLE: Discretionary Rate Relief
Cabinet approved that the changes outlined below and the Council’s discretionary rate relief policy is amended with effect from April 2020:
To review the scheme and make amendments where appropriate. Presently the scheme benefits all organisations that meet the criteria irrespective of their size. Organisations of an appropriate size would have the ability to properly incur any rates liability over the 80% it could be argued. At a national level there are a number of rate relief schemes affecting businesses up to a level of £50,000 rateable value.
It is suggested therefore that where the rateable value of the premises is £50,000 or more (excluding museums/schools) then there will be no entitlement to the 20% discretionary top for charities who benefit from 80% mandatory relief. Similarly, not for profit organisations who qualify in this category will be limited to 80% discretion.
The exceptions to this change would be in respect of museums and schools that qualify based upon rateable value but do not have the power to charge so will remain unaffected and benefit from 20% top up or 100% not for profit discretion.
REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the report.
CONSULTATION: As set out in the report.
Cllr Richard Clark declared that he was a council appointed trustee of Torfaen voluntary alliance
Cllr Daniels declared that he was a trustee of the Citizens Advice Bureau, Mount Pleasant Hall, Glenside Community Association and Pontrhydyrhyn Community Association.
Cllr Alan Jones declared that he was a trustee of Blaenavon Rugby Football Community Club
Cllr Cross declared that she was a Trustee of Torfaen Leisure Trust.
Publication date: 09/07/2019
Date of decision: 09/07/2019
Decided at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet