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FOI 7717

Discretionary Relief and Hardship Relief

Request

I am conducting some research into local council’s use of discretionary relief and hardship relief; and would be most appreciative of your assistance in answering the following questions.

1. Since the introduction of the power for local authorities to reduce the business rates of any local ratepayer (under Section 69 of the Localism Act 2011) a) how many times has the Council used this pow er (excl. Charities) and b) what was the monetary amount of this relief ( excl. Charities)?

2. On how many occasions has the Council a) awarded hardship relief t o a ratepayer and b) what was the monetary amount of this relief?

Response

1. Since the introduction of the power for local authorities to reduce the business rates of any local ratepayer (under Section 69 of the Localism Act 2011)

a) how many times has the Council used this pow er (excl. Charities) Nil
b) what was the monetary amount of this relief ( excl. Charities)? Nil

2. On how many occasions has the Council

a) awarded hardship relief to a ratepayer Nil
b) what was the monetary amount of this relief? Nil