Rate Relief

May 28th, 2021 by James Goudie KC

The issue in Nuffield Health v Merton LBC (2021);EWCA Civ 826 was whether Nuffield Health, a registered charity, was entitled to mandatory relief from non-domestic rates in respect of its occupation of fitness and well-being centres, notwithstanding that membership fees at market rates were payable. The statutory basis of the claimed relief was that (1) it was a charity, as Nuffield Health is, or the trustees of a charity, AND (2) the hereditament was used “wholly or mainly for charitable purposes”, as defined in the Charities Act 2011, that is “for the public benefit”. The Court considers the public benefit test.

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