Draft Regulations laid before Parliament under section 143(9D) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, for approval by resolution of each House of Parliament.

Draft Statutory Instruments

2022 No.

Rating And Valuation, England

The Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) Regulations 2022

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Coming into force

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A draft of this instrument was laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament in accordance with section 143(9D)(2) of that Act.

Citation, commencement, extent and application

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 and come into force on the day after the day on which they are made.

(2) These Regulations extend to England and Wales.

(3) These Regulations apply in relation to England only.

Amendment of the Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) Regulations 2013

2.  The Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) Regulations 2013(3) are amended as follows.

Amendment of regulation 2

3.  In regulation 2(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “business rates baseline”—

(a)at the end of sub-paragraph (b) omit “and”;

(b)after sub-paragraph (c) insert—

and

(d)for a year commencing on or after 1st April 2021, the amount specified with respect to an authority by regulation 5 and Schedule 6;.

Amendment of regulation 4

4.  In regulation 4 (meaning of retained rates income for purposes of levy and safety net calculations)—

(a)in paragraph (1) for the words from “paragraphs 1 and 1A of Schedule 1” to the end substitute “paragraphs 1 and 1A of Schedule 1, paragraphs 3 and 4 of Schedule 1A and paragraph 4 of Schedule 1B”;

(b)in paragraph (2) for the words from “paragraph 2 of Schedule 1” to the end substitute “paragraph 2 of Schedule 1, paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Schedule 1A and paragraph 5 of Schedule 1B”.

Amendment of regulation 5

5.  In regulation 5 (business rates baseline and baseline funding level)—

(a)after paragraph (1B) insert—

(1C) For a year commencing on a date listed in column B of the table in Schedule 6, the business rates baseline of an authority listed in column A of that table is the amount specified with respect to that authority in column C of that table.;

(b)in paragraph (3) for “or (3ZB)” substitute “, (3ZB) or (3ZC)”;

(c)after paragraph (3ZB) insert—

(3ZC) For a year commencing on a date listed in column B of the table in Schedule 6, the baseline funding level for an authority listed in column A of that table is the amount specified with respect to that authority in column D of that table..

Amendment of regulation 6

6.  In regulation 6 (individual levy rates and safety net thresholds)—

(a)in paragraph (2A), for “or (2F)” substitute “, (2F), (2H) or (2I)”;

(b)after paragraph (2G) insert—

(2H) For an authority listed in Part 2 of Schedule 3, the individual levy rate for a relevant year beginning on or after 1st April 2021 is zero.

(2I) For an authority listed in column A of the table in Schedule 6, for a relevant year beginning on or after the date specified with respect to that authority in column B of that table, the authority’s individual levy rate is 0.5 or the figure calculated in accordance with the formula in paragraph (2J), whichever is less.

(2J) The formula is—

  • where—

  • G is the authority’s baseline funding level listed in column D of the table in Schedule 6; and

  • H is the authority’s business rates baseline listed in column C of that table..

Amendment of Schedule 1

7.—(1) Schedule 1 (calculation of retained rates income) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 1(1)—

(a)in the definition of P—

(i)in paragraph (a), for “or (e)” substitute “, (e), (f) or (g)”;

(ii)after paragraph (e), insert—

(f)where the billing authority is listed in Parts 2 to 8 of Schedule 3, for the relevant year beginning on 1st April 2021, the amount calculated for that authority in accordance with the formula—

  • where—

  • A is the amount specified for that authority in column E of the table in Schedule 4;

  • B is the small business non-domestic rating multiplier in relation to the year beginning on 1st April 2021; and

  • C is the small business non-domestic rating multiplier in relation to the year beginning on 1st April 2018;

(g)where the billing authority is listed in Parts 2 to 8 of Schedule 3, for the relevant year beginning on 1st April 2022, the amount calculated for that authority in accordance with the formula—

  • where—

  • A is the amount specified for that authority in column E of the table in Schedule 4;

  • B is the small business non-domestic rating multiplier in relation to the year beginning on 1st April 2022; and

  • C is the small business non-domestic rating multiplier in relation to the year beginning on 1st April 2018;;

(b)in the definition of Q—

(i)in paragraph (a), for “or (e)” substitute “, (e), (f) or (g)”;

(ii)after paragraph (e), insert—

(f)where the billing authority is listed in Parts 2 to 8 of Schedule 3, for the relevant year beginning on 1st April 2021, the amount calculated for that authority in accordance with the formula—

  • where—

  • A is the amount specified for that authority in column F of the table in Schedule 4;

  • B is the small business non-domestic rating multiplier in relation to the year beginning on 1st April 2021; and

  • C is the small business non-domestic rating multiplier in relation to the year beginning on 1st April 2018;

(g)where the billing authority is listed in Parts 2 to 8 of Schedule 3, for the relevant year beginning on 1st April 2022, the amount calculated for that authority in accordance with the formula—

  • where—

  • A is the amount specified for that authority in column F of the table in Schedule 4;

  • B is the small business non-domestic rating multiplier in relation to the year beginning on 1st April 2022; and

  • C is the small business non-domestic rating multiplier in relation to the year beginning on 1st April 2018;;

(c)in the definition of Y, after paragraph (c) insert—

(d)for an authority listed in column A of the table in Schedule 6, for a relevant year beginning on or after the date specified in respect of that authority in column B of that table, the amount specified for that authority in column F of that table.;

(3) In paragraph 1(4B)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (b), for “or (d) applies” substitute “, (d) or (e) applies”;

(b)after sub-paragraph (d) insert—

(e)for an authority listed in column A of the table in Schedule 6, for a relevant year beginning on or after the date specified in respect of that authority in column B of that table, the percentage specified for that authority in column E of that table..

(4) In paragraph 2—

(a)for the formula which appears immediately after the opening words substitute—

(a)subject to sub-paragraph (b)—

(b)for the relevant years beginning on 1st April 2020 and on 1st April 2021—

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(b)at the end of the definition of V, omit “and”;

(c)after the definition of V, insert—

W is—

(a)for the relevant year beginning on 1st April 2020, the amount calculated for that authority in accordance with the formula—

where—

A is the sum of the amounts of relief awarded under section 47 of the 1988 Act by all the billing authorities required to make payments to the major precepting authority for the relevant year under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act, where the relief has been awarded in accordance with the following guidance issued by the Secretary of State—

(i)“Expanded Retail Discount 2020/2021: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance” published on 2nd April 2020(4), updating guidance published on 30th November 2018(5);

(ii)“Nursery Discount 2020/2021: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance” published on 2nd April 2020(6), updating guidance published on 20th March 2020, excluding amounts of any such relief awarded in a designated area; and

(iii)Annex A of “The case for a Business Rates Relief for local newspapers –Government Response”, published on 8th July 2015 and updated on 2nd December 2016(7), extended until 31st March 2025 by a Written Ministerial Statement on 27 January 2020 from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury(8);

B is the sum of the estimates, made by all billing authorities required to make payments to the major precepting authority for the relevant year under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act, as part of their calculation of non-domestic rating income for the year beginning 1st April 2020, of the amount of relief awarded under section 47 of the 1988 Act in accordance with the guidance issued by the Secretary of State entitled “Retail Discount 2020/21 – Local Authority Guidance” published on 27 January 2020(9);

(b)for the relevant year beginning on 1st April 2021, the sum of the amounts of relief awarded under section 47 of the 1988 Act by all the billing authorities required to make payments to the major precepting authority for the relevant year under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act, where the relief has been awarded in accordance with the following guidance issued by the Secretary of State—

(i)“Business rates: expanded retail discount 2021 to 2022 – local authority guidance” published on 4th March 2021(10);

(ii)“Business rates: nursery (childcare) discount 2021 to 2022 – local authority guidance” published on 4th March 2021(11); and

(iii)“COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF): Local Authority Guidance” published on 15th December 2021(12)..

Insertion of Schedules 1B and 6

8.—(1) After Schedule 1A insert Schedule 1B which is set out in Schedule 1 to these Regulations.

(2) After Schedule 5 insert Schedule 6 which is set out in Schedule 2 to these Regulations.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Name

Minister of State

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Date

Regulation 8

SCHEDULE 1

Regulation 4

SCHEDULE 1BSpecial provision for the calculation of retained rates income for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2020

Interpretation

1.  In this Schedule—

the 2003 Act” means the Local Government Act 2003(13);

the 2013 Regulations” means the Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013(14);

designated area” means an area designated in accordance with regulations made under paragraph 39(1)(a) of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act(15);

non-domestic rating income” has the same meaning as in the 2013 Regulations;

relevant provision” means a provision made by an authority, in accordance with proper practices, to recognise amounts to be repaid to ratepayers as a consequence of an alteration to a non-domestic rating list in accordance with regulations made under section 55 of the 1988 Act.

Application of Schedule

2.  This Schedule applies to the calculation of retained rates income of billing authorities and major precepting authorities for the year beginning on 1st April 2020.

Formula values

3.  For the purposes of paragraphs 4 and 5—

A is—

(a)100% where the billing authority is an authority mentioned in Part 6 of Schedule 5 to the 2013 Regulations;

(b)99% where the billing authority is an authority mentioned in Parts 2 to 4 of Schedule 5 to the 2013 Regulations;

(c)94% where the billing authority is an authority mentioned in Part 5 of Schedule 5 to the 2013 Regulations;

(d)50% where the billing authority is a county council, or is a district council for an area for which there is no county council, and the authority is a fire and rescue authority (excepting any authority falling within (a) above);

(e)49% where the billing authority is a county council, or is a district council for an area for which there is no county council, and the authority is not a fire and rescue authority (excepting any authority falling within (b) or (c) above);

(f)40% where the billing authority is a district council for an area for which there is a county council;

(g)30% where the billing authority is a London borough council or the Common Council for the City of London;

B is the billing authority’s non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020;

BB is the sum of the non-domestic rating income amounts for the year beginning on 1st April 2020 of all billing authorities required to make payments to the major precepting authority under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act (payments by billing authorities to major precepting authorities);

C is the authority’s certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020;

CC is the sum of the certified non-domestic rating income amounts for the year beginning on 1st April 2020 of all billing authorities required to make payments to the major precepting authority under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

D is an amount which, in the calculation of its certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, the authority has added or deducted in respect of a relevant provision, excluding—

(a)all amounts included in the calculation in respect of the use of the provision during the year; and

(b)any amount included in the calculation which has been added or deducted in respect of a local non-domestic rating list compiled in 2010 (or in any earlier year) for the purpose of adding to, increasing, or reducing the provision;

E is an amount calculated in accordance with the formula—

where—

  • e1 is, for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, the carrying amount at the end of that period in respect of a relevant provision made by the authority, insofar as that provision has been made in respect of a local non-domestic rating list compiled in 2017;

  • e2 is an amount which, in its calculation of its certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, the authority has added or deducted in respect of a relevant provision, but including only such amount which is in respect of amounts to be repaid to ratepayers as a consequence of an alteration to a local non-domestic rating list in respect of one of the matters set out in paragraph 2(7) of Schedule 6 to the 1988 Act, where such a matter has arisen as a result of one or more of the matters mentioned in regulation 2(1) of the Valuation for Rating (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2021(16);

F is the amount calculated, as part of the authority’s non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, as the amount to be disregarded in respect of those classes of hereditament which are designated in regulations made under paragraph 40 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act(17);

f1 is that part of the disregarded amount (F) that is paid by a billing authority which is a district council to its major precepting authority which is the county council for the billing authority’s area in accordance with regulation 7 of the 2013 Regulations;

f2 is that part of the disregarded amount (F) that is paid by a billing authority to relevant precepting authorities in accordance with regulation 7A of the 2013 Regulations(18);

G is the amount calculated, as part of the authority’s certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, as the amount to be disregarded in respect of those classes of hereditament which are designated in regulations made under paragraph 40 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

g1 is the part of the disregarded amount (G) that is due to a major precepting authority in respect of renewable energy projects in accordance with regulations 7 and 10 of the 2013 Regulations;

g2 is the part of the disregarded amount (G) that is due to a major precepting authority in accordance with regulations 7A and 10 of the 2013 Regulations;

H is the amount calculated, as part of the authority’s non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, as the sum to be deducted from the central share in accordance with Schedules 2, 2B and 2C to the 2013 Regulations;

h1 is the amount in respect of case B hereditaments(19) which the billing authority is required to pay to a major precepting authority in accordance with regulation 6 of the 2013 Regulations;

J is the amount calculated, as part of the authority’s certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, as the sum to be deducted from the central share in accordance with Schedules 2, 2B and 2C to the 2013 Regulations;

j1 is the amount in respect of case B hereditaments which the billing authority is required to pay to a major precepting authority in accordance with regulations 6 and 11 of the 2013 Regulations;

K is the billing authority’s allowance for costs of collection and recovery for the year, calculated as part of the authority’s non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020 in accordance with paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the 2013 Regulations;

L is the billing authority’s allowance for costs of collection and recovery for the year, calculated as part of the authority’s certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020 in accordance with paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the 2013 Regulations;

M is the amount, calculated as part of the authority’s non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, to be disregarded in respect of a designated area in accordance with regulations made under paragraph 39(1)(d) of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

N is the amount, calculated as part of the authority’s certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, to be disregarded in respect of a designated area in accordance with regulations made under paragraph 39(1)(d) of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

P is an amount determined by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 31 of the 2003 Act following the calculation of a billing authority’s non-domestic rating income as being due to the billing authority in respect of the local retention of non-domestic rates under Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

Q is an amount determined by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 31 of the 2003 Act following the calculation of a billing authority’s certified non-domestic rating income as being due to the billing authority in respect of the local retention of non-domestic rates under Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

R is—

(a)for billing authorities, the amount calculated in accordance with the formula—

(b)for major precepting authorities, the amount calculated in accordance with the formula—

where C, CC, D and E have the meanings given in this paragraph;

S is the sum of—

(a)the amount that would be calculated in accordance with paragraph 1(4A) of Schedule 1 to these Regulations, were that calculation to be made in respect of non-domestic rating income (instead of certified non-domestic rating income);

(b)the amount that would be calculated in accordance with paragraph 1(4C) of Schedule 1 to these Regulations, were that calculation to be made in respect of non-domestic rating income (instead of certified non-domestic rating income); and

(c)the authority’s estimate, made as part of its calculation of non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, of the amount of relief to be awarded under section 47 of the 1988 Act in accordance with the following guidance issued by the Secretary of State—

(i)the section entitled “Rural Rate Relief” in “Business Rates Information Letter (3/2016): Autumn Statement Measures and 2017 Revaluation”(20) extended in “Business Rates Information Letter (1/2020): Rate Reliefs and Provisional 2020-21 Business Rates Multipliers”(21), excluding amounts of any such relief awarded in a designated area;

(ii)“Supporting Small Businesses: Annex A” in “Business Rates Information Letter (4/2017): Spring Budget Update” published on 20th June 2017(22), excluding amounts of any such relief awarded in a designated area;

(iii)the section entitled “Discretionary Relief Scheme” in “Business Rates Information Letter (4/2017): Spring Budget Update”, excluding amounts of any such relief awarded in a designated area; and

(iv)“Business Rates: Retail Discount 2020/21 – Local Authority Guidance”(23) published on 27th January 2020, excluding amounts of any such relief awarded in a designated area;

T is the sum of—

(a)the amount to be calculated in accordance with paragraph 1(4A) of Schedule 1 to these Regulations;

(b)the amount to be calculated in accordance with paragraph 1(4C) of Schedule 1 to these Regulations; and

(c)the amount of relief awarded under section 47 of the 1988 Act, and included as part of the authority’s certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning 1st April 2020, where such relief has been awarded in accordance with the following guidance issued by the Secretary of State—

(i)“Expanded Retail Discount 2020/2021: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance” published on 2nd April 2020(24), updating guidance published on 30th November 2018(25), including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(ii)“Nursery Discount 2020/2021: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance” published on 2nd April 2020(26), updating guidance published on 20th March 2020, excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(iii)Annex A of “The case for a Business Rates Relief for local newspapers – Government Response”, published on 8th July 2015 and updated on 2nd December 2016(27), and extended until 31st March 2025 by a Written Ministerial Statement on 27 January 2020 from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury(28), including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(iv)“Business Rates: New Build Empty Property – Guidance” published in September 2013(29), including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(v)“Business Rates Reoccupation Relief” published in March 2014(30), including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(vi)“Business Rates: Retail Relief - Guidance” published in January 2014(31), and extended in “Business Rates Information Letter (11/2014)”(32) including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(vii)“Flood recovery framework: guidance for local authorities in England” published on 28th October 2021(33), updating guidance published in December 2017(34), including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(viii)“Business Rates Extension of Transitional Relief for small and medium properties: Guidance” published in January 2015(35) including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(ix)the section entitled “Rural Rate Relief” in “Business Rates Information Letter (3/2016): Autumn Statement Measures and 2017 Revaluation” extended in “Business Rates Information Letter (1/2020): Rate Reliefs and Provisional 2020-21 Business Rates Multipliers”, including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(x)“Supporting Small Businesses: Annex A” in “Business Rates Information Letter (4/2017): Spring Budget Update” published on 20th June 2017, including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

(xi)the section entitled “Discretionary Relief Scheme” in “Business Rates Information Letter (4/2017): Spring Budget Update”, including amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area; and

(xii)“Pubs discount 2020/21 – Local Authority Guidance” published in January 2020(36), including amounts of relief awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability, but excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area;

U is—

(a)10% where the authority is a county council for an area for which there is also district councils, and which is a fire and rescue authority;

(b)9% where the authority is a county council for an area for which there is also district councils, and which is not a fire and rescue authority;

(c)37% where the authority is the Greater London Authority;

(d)5% where the authority is the West of England Combined Authority;

(e)1% where the authority is a fire and rescue authority not falling within (a) above;

V is an amount determined by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 31 of the 2003 Act following the calculation of a billing authority’s non-domestic rating income as being due to a major precepting authority in respect of the local retention of non-domestic rates under Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

W is an amount determined by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 31 of the 2003 Act following the calculation of a billing authority’s certified non-domestic rating income as being due to a major precepting authority in respect of the local retention of non-domestic rates under Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

X is the sum of the estimates made by all billing authorities required to make payments to the major precepting authority under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act, as part of their calculation of non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, of—

(a)the amount that would be calculated in accordance with paragraph 1(4A) of Schedule 1 to these Regulations, were that calculation to be made in respect of non-domestic rating income (instead of certified non-domestic rating income);

(b)the amount that would be calculated in accordance with paragraph 1(4C) of Schedule 1 to these Regulations were that calculation to be made in respect of non-domestic rating income (instead of certified non-domestic rating income); and

(c)the amount of relief awarded under section 47 of the 1988 Act in accordance with the guidance issued by the Secretary of State entitled “Business Rates: Retail Discount 20/21 – Local Authority Guidance” published on 27th January 2020,

excluding any such amounts as relate to a designated area;

Y is the sum of the following amounts included as part of a billing authority’s certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020—

(a)the sum of the amounts calculated in accordance with paragraph 1(4A) of Schedule 1 to these Regulations for each of the billing authorities that is required to make payments to the major precepting authority for the year under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act;

(b)the sum of the amounts calculated in accordance with paragraph 1(4C) of Schedule 1 to these Regulations for each of the billing authorities that is required to make payments to the major precepting authority for the year under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act; and

(c)the amounts of relief awarded under section 47 of the 1988 Act, and included as part of a billing authority’s certified non-domestic rating income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, by all billing authorities required to make payments to the major precepting authority under Part 4 of Schedule 7B to the 1988 Act, where such relief has been awarded in accordance with the following guidance issued by the Secretary of State —

(i)“Expanded Retail Discount 2020/2021: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance” published on 2nd April 2020, updating guidance published on 30th November 2018, excluding any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area and any amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability;

(ii)“Nursery Discount 2020/2021: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance” published on 2nd April 2020, updating guidance published on 20th March 2020, excluding amounts of any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area; and

(iii)Annex A of “The case for a Business Rates Relief for local newspapers – Government Response”, published on 8th July 2015 and updated on 2nd December 2016, and extended until 31st March 2025 by a Written Ministerial Statement on 27 January 2020 from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, excluding any such relief awarded or recovered in a designated area and any amounts awarded or recovered in respect of a previous year’s liability.

Calculation for billing authorities

4.(1) The retained rates income of an authority that is a billing authority is the sum of—

(a)the amount calculated in accordance with the formula in paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 1; and

(b)the amount calculated in accordance with sub-paragraph (2) below.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(b) is whichever is the smaller of the amounts calculated in accordance with sub-paragraphs (4) and (5).

(3) Where either of the amounts calculated in accordance with sub-paragraphs (4) or (5) is zero, or less than zero, the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph 1(b) is zero.

(4) The amount is calculated in accordance with the formula—

(5) The amount is calculated in accordance with the formula—

Calculation for major precepting authorities

5.(1) The retained rates income of an authority that is a major precepting authority is the sum of—

(a)the amount calculated in accordance with the formula in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1; and

(b)the amount calculated in accordance with sub-paragraph (2) below.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(b) is whichever is the smaller of the amounts calculated in accordance with sub-paragraphs (4) and (5).

(3) Where either of the amounts calculated in accordance with sub-paragraphs (4) or (5) is zero, or less than zero, the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph 1(b) is zero.

(4) The amount is calculated in accordance with the formula—

(5) The amount is calculated in accordance with the formula—

.

Regulation 8

SCHEDULE 2

Regulations 5 and 6 and Schedule 1

SCHEDULE 6Table of Authorities, Business Rates Baselines, Baseline Funding Levels and values of A and Y

Column AColumn BColumn CColumn DColumn EColumn F
AuthorityYear Commencing onBusiness Rates Baseline for the year specified in column B (£)Baseline Funding Level for the year specified in column B (£)Value of A for the year specified in column BValue of Y for the year specified in column B (£)
North Northamp-tonshire1st April 202151,566,78056,781,29967.4%378,429
West Northamp-tonshire1st April 202175,150,65150,140,60368.6%630,726
Isle of Wight1st April 202119,224,79330,920,15065.9%214,639
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Authority1st April 20217,374,23316,417,01100.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) Regulations 2013 (“the Levy and Safety Net Regulations”). The Levy and Safety Net Regulations are part of the system for the local retention of non-domestic rates established by Schedule 7B to the Local Government Finance Act 1988. They make provision for calculating whether the Secretary of State is required to make a safety net payment to a billing authority or a major precepting authority and whether such an authority is required to make a levy payment to the Secretary of State.

Regulation 3 amends regulation 2 of the Levy and Safety Net Regulations to amend the definition of “business rates baseline”.

Regulation 5 amends regulation 5 of the Levy and Safety Net Regulations to specify the business rates baseline and baseline funding levels for authorities listed in column A of Schedule 6. Schedule 6 is inserted by Schedule 2 to these Regulations.

Regulation 6 amends regulation 5 of the Levy and Safety Net Regulations to define the individual levy rate for authorities listed in Part 2 of Schedule 3 and column A of Schedule 6.

Regulation 7 amends Schedule 1 to the Levy and Safety Net Regulations to provide for the calculation of the retained rates income for authorities listed in Parts 2 to 8 of Schedule 3 and column A of Schedule 6. These amendments also provide a separate formula for calculating the retained rates income of major precepting authorities for relevant years beginning in 2020 and 2021.

Regulation 8 and Schedule 1 insert new Schedule 1B into the Levy and Safety Net Regulations. Schedule 1B makes special provision for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2020 to amend the calculation of retained rates income for the purposes of calculating whether a levy is due to be paid by an authority or a safety net payment is due to be made to an authority. The amendments ensure that in making those calculations proper account is taken of payments made by the Secretary of State to compensate local authorities for loss of business rates income as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Regulation 8 and Schedule 2 insert new Schedule 6 into the Levy and Safety Net Regulations. Schedule 6 makes provision for the business rates baseline and baseline funding level (and other associated values for the calculation of retained rates income) for the financial year beginning on 1st April 2021 in respect of new local authorities established on that date.

In calculating its retained rates income for the year beginning on 1st April 2020, the amendments made to Schedule 1, and new Schedule 1B, require a billing authority and a major precepting authority to include in its calculations amounts of rates relief awarded in accordance with guidance issued by the Secretary of State. Hard copies of the guidance can be obtained free of charge by writing to the Local Government Finance Team, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 2 Marsham Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 4DF.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument because it amends an existing local tax regime. Publication of a full impact assessment is not necessary for such legislation.

(1)

1988 c. 41. Schedule 7B was inserted by section 1 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Local Government Finance Act 2012 (c. 17).

(2)

Subsection (9D) was inserted in section 143 by section 1 of the Local Government Finance Act 2012.

(15)

S.I. 2013/107 has been made under paragraph 39(1)(a).

(17)

Renewable energy and shale and oil gas sites are designated hereditaments under the Non-Domestic Rating (Renewable Energy Projects) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/108) and the Non-Domestic Rating (Shale Oil and Gas and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/628). Part 3 of both of those Regulations make provision for amounts to be disregarded for the purposes of certain calculations made under Schedule 7B of the 1988 Act.

(18)

Regulation 7A was inserted by regulation 11 of S.I. 2015/628.

(19)

“Case B hereditament” is defined in paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 2 to the 2013 Regulations. The rules for calculation of qualifying relief for case B hereditaments (to which the payments under regulation 6 of the 2013 Regulations relate) are set out in Paragraph 3 of that schedule.

(21)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/927282/BRIL_1_-_2020_-_Multiplier.pdf. See also the Explanatory Note.