Discretionary rate relief
Consultation on changes to the Calderdale scheme
Discretionary Rate Relief (DRR) is help that charities and other not for profit organisations can receive so that they do not have to pay the full amount of national non-domestic (or business) rates.
Calderdale Council is committed to supporting voluntary and community organisations and recognises that the sector plays an important role in tackling the challenges facing our communities, and that by working with local voluntary organisations, charities and community groups, a real difference can be made for the people of Calderdale.
However, the changes to the way that rate relief is funded that were introduced by central government in April 2013 mean that the costs of the scheme to Calderdale have increased.
We are therefore taking the opportunity to reassess the way we award discretionary rate relief in Calderdale to help target support at organisations that need it most.
Proposed changes to the scheme
The Council is aiming for a revised scheme which:
- Is better value for money for local tax payers
- More clearly supports organisations which are primarily focussed on helping the communities of Calderdale and
- Is fair, easy to understand and transparent about which organisations get relief and why.
The public consultation ran between Monday 2 September and Monday 2 December 2013. This has now closed.
Following the consultation, proposals for a revised scheme will be recommended to Cabinet in January 2014.
All organisations will notified of any changes in the new scheme by the end of March 2014.
The new scheme will be put in place from April 2015.
For further information see Discretionary Rate Relief: Frequently asked questions [PDF file 95KB]|.