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Source: City of York

Published Tuesday, 21st January 2020

Councillors will consider granting discretionary business rate relief to a number of community organisations across the city at an Executive meeting (21 January).

Councillors will be asked to approve fourteen applications, which could see the community organisations provided over £28,000 worth of support (of which the council contributes half and the government the other half). 

This will add to the 62 community organisations the council also supports and would bring the total amount of support to over £105,000, with the council contributing nearly £55,000.

The council has wide powers to award discretionary rate relief business rates payers. However, the report taken to Executive deals looks at how the council can support community organisations who are eligible for support. These include:

  • Charities
  • Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs)
  • Those eligible for  Rural discretionary relief
  • Those eligible for Rural top up.

The report also proposes a new approach to awarding discretionary rate relief, making it easier for both the council and the applicants.

Once awarded, it is proposed the relief be in place in perpetuity, meaning organisations who have rate relief don’t have to apply again regularly as they currently need to. It is however also proposed that a review is held every two years to see whether circumstances have changed. If approved the council retains the right to amend or cancel the level of support, however if there aren’t significant changes the funding support remains in place without the need for an application.

Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance said: “Rate relief provides additional financial support to those charities, community sports clubs which can be spent in their communities.

“Charities, community sports clubs and rural organisations offer incredible support to the people and communities they serve. This report looks at how we can help those who have applied about discretionary rate relief in both the short and long term. This includes looking at making things easier by offering support in perpetuity, giving community organisations certainty and saving the time that would be needed to reapply, time which could be spent on more work supporting their community.”

Executive takes place on Tuesday 21 January and will be webcasted live at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

To find out more about the report, or to attend the Executive meeting, visit: https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=11115

MIL OSI United Kingdom