Councils ‘failing small businesses by giving unclear information on rate relief’

Small businesses may be losing out

Small businesses may be losing out

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COUNCILS are failing small businesses by giving unclear or incorrect information about their entitlement to rate relief, it is claimed.

Marcus Andrews, pictured right, of Dorset-based Goadsby said none of the area’s councils were fully setting out the true position on Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR).

The relief scheme was introduced in 2005 and revised twice in 2010.

One hundred per cent rates relief has applied since October 2010 to businesses which have only one property, the rateable value of which is less than £6,000.

From April to September that year, the figure was 50 per cent. Other ratepayers are allowed a sliding scale SBBR for rateable values up to £12,000 and the scheme will run for at least another 12 months.

Businesses can also apply if they have more than one unit, provided the rateable value of the smaller unit is under £2,600 and the combined total of them all is under £18,000.

For companies that have been at the same premises for four years, the average refund will be several thousand pounds, Mr Andrews said.

He said there were millions of pounds’ worth of unclaimed refunds across the country.

Claims can be made by email or phone call and council websites demanding that a form is filled in are wrong, he added.

Mr Andrews said no council website in Dorset made it clear that there was a right to make backdated claims to April 2010.

“Buried in Bournemouth is the fact that some 100 per cent relief exists,” he said.

“Poole’s is clearer. All of the other authorities around here, for example East Dorset, Purbeck and North Dorset District Council’s, don’t refer to the October 2010 changes.

“These were brought in by the coalition government and increased SBRR to 100 per cent from October 2010, for rateable values under £6,000.

“The websites still mention 50 per cent, which only applied for six months.”

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1:01pm Thu 24 Apr 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

Why picture bournemouths website, at least the information is there, according to the article. It sounds like the rest of the county isnt up to speed, with the exception of poole.
Why picture bournemouths website, at least the information is there, according to the article. It sounds like the rest of the county isnt up to speed, with the exception of poole. NickTheGreekinBmth
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3:07pm Thu 24 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

“Buried in Bournemouth is the fact that some 100 per cent relief exists"
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Not surpised Bournemouth Council is not really interested in encouraging investment and enterprise.
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The problem for many small business owners, myself included, is that we are far too busy running our business to spend hours on various Council, Government and Quango websites trying to locate relevant information.
“Buried in Bournemouth is the fact that some 100 per cent relief exists" . Not surpised Bournemouth Council is not really interested in encouraging investment and enterprise. . The problem for many small business owners, myself included, is that we are far too busy running our business to spend hours on various Council, Government and Quango websites trying to locate relevant information. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 1

5:29pm Thu 24 Apr 14

ShuttleX says...

Did the Echo actually bother to try and get a comment from the Council, or were they to worried about upsetting their masters?
Did the Echo actually bother to try and get a comment from the Council, or were they to worried about upsetting their masters? ShuttleX
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5:48pm Thu 24 Apr 14

old duffa says...

first thing i do for all my customers is tell them how to claim 100% rate relief on any shop i let, saves them thousands each year,only way forward for small shop owners
first thing i do for all my customers is tell them how to claim 100% rate relief on any shop i let, saves them thousands each year,only way forward for small shop owners old duffa
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6:21pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Bankier Sloan says...

This problem is a nationwide issue as shown in a report on this issue in November 2013, which was updated on line in early April See http://www.centre-p.
co.uk/SmallBusinessR
atesRelief.pdf
This problem is a nationwide issue as shown in a report on this issue in November 2013, which was updated on line in early April See http://www.centre-p. co.uk/SmallBusinessR atesRelief.pdf Bankier Sloan
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6:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Bankier Sloan says...

Good evening. It's a nation wide comment as shown up in this report published in early April by Oxfordshire based Chartered Surveyors BANKIER SLOAN
www.centre-p.co.uk/S
mallBusinessRatesRel
ief.pdf
Good evening. It's a nation wide comment as shown up in this report published in early April by Oxfordshire based Chartered Surveyors BANKIER SLOAN www.centre-p.co.uk/S mallBusinessRatesRel ief.pdf Bankier Sloan
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