What are Business Rates?
Non-Domestic Rates or Business rates, are a tax on properties which are not used for domestic purposes (such as shops, factories, offices, pubs). Business Rates are collected by the council on behalf of the government, and are paid into a national pool. This is then redistributed between each council according to the number of people living in the area.
This money, together with revenue from Council Tax payers, the revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area, such as roads, parks, libraries, and emergency services.
You can find out more at GOV.UK introduction to Business rates, a Government-funded website which contains clear and detailed information on Business rates.
Business Rates explanatory notes can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF link found below.
If you require a printed version of these notes please contact my office so they can sent out to you.