Changes to discretionary date relief

Consultation on changes to Calderdale Council's Discretionary Rate Relief 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;
  • is fair, easy to understand and transparent about which organisations g to et relief and why.

The public consultation ran between Monday 2 September and Monday 2 December 2013 and has now closed.

What next?

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: PDFDiscretionary Rate Relief: Frequently asked questions [PDF 95KB]

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