Discretionary rate relief policy: alignment across BCP Council

Posted on Tuesday 8 September 2020

Local businesses are encouraged to have their say on the proposed new discretionary business rate relief policy for the BCP Council area. The policy aims to align the three existing schemes, targeting support for charities and not for profit organisations which make maximum contribution towards the community and reflecting the current business rates landscape.

The proposed scheme will continue to support the vast majority of current recipients, however there will be a discretionary clause to allow the council to provide relief to any organisation adversely affected.

Cllr Vikki Slade, Leader of the Council said, “It’s really important that we understand what’s important to local businesses as we align our discretionary rate relief policy. I’d encourage all those with an interest to take part during the consultation period.”

Following local government reorganisation last year, BCP Council is required to operate a single discretionary rate relief policy which must be in place before April 2021. This policy contributes to the council’s dynamic places priority to support an innovative successful economy.

Following consultation, a full report on the findings and outcomes of the consultation will be presented to Cabinet to ensure a single policy is agreed before October 2021.

Find out more about the proposal and have your say before the deadline at midnight on Friday 9 October 2020.