Rates Retention

March 5th, 2018 by James Goudie KC

The Non-Domestic Rating (Designated Areas) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/213, coming into force on 1 April 2018, form part of the scheme for local retention of non-domestic rates (“the rates retention scheme”). Their purpose is, to designate areas in relation to which a proportion of the non-domestic rating income raised is to be retained in its entirety by the local authority in all or part of whose area a designated area falls. The scheme was introduced on 1 April 2013 to give local government a direct share of local non-domestic rating income and thereby an incentive to promote local growth. These Regulations provide that when calculating how much rates income in a local authority area is to be shared between local government and central government, it will disregard the growth in rating income in designated areas. This will then allow the growth in those designated areas to be retained 100% by the billing authority. These Regulations designate further areas in which the 100% disregard will apply and provide rules for calculating the amount to be disregarded.

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