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FOI 5668

Discretionary rate relief

Request

1. How many 'community sports clubs' does your authority currently grant discretionary rate relief to?

2. What is your authority's current policy (2012/13) for granting discretionary rate relief to 'community sports clubs'?

3. Is there a monetary or percentage limit on the amount of discretionary rate relief your authority will grant to a single community sports club?  If yes, how much is this?

4. Does the authority intend to introduce a new policy next year?  If so, what will be the new policy for 2013/14?

5. What is your authority's total budget for granting discretionary rate relief in 2012/13 and 2013/14?

The term community sports club includes all organisations with a primary purpose to provide sport, recreation or physical activity opportunities that benefit the public.  The term also includes clubs registered as 'community ammeter sports clubs' that may apply for discretionary rate relief to top-up existing mandatory rate relief.

Response

I refer to your letter dated 21 February 2013. This is acknowledged as a request for information held by this authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding I have been heavily involved in annual billing and year end matters over the last few weeks.

In answer to your questions:

We have two Community Amateur Sports Clubs in our borough a golf club and an indoor bowls club. Along with the 80% mandatory rate relief they are both awarded an additional 10% discretionary rate relief.
We have no specific policy for granting relief to Community Amateur Sports Clubs each case is considered on its own merits.
There is no monetary or percentage limit on the amount of discretionary rate relief we will grant to a single Community Amateur Sports Club.
All discretionary rate relief is currently under review, a new policy has yet to be introduced.
In 2012/13 the Council awarded £172,250 in Discretionary Relief. As previously stated discretionary rate relief is under review and we await a figure for 2013/14