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Charities: Non-domestic Rates

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 8615, tabled on 4 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue to the Exchequer foregone due to partial exemptions from business rates for charity shops in each of the last five years.

Answered on

14 September 2015

The total amount of relief from business rates granted to charities (including charity shops) in England in each of the last five years is as follows:

2009-10 - £955 million

2010-11 - £1,009 million

2011-12 - £1,171 million

2012-13 - £1,332 million

2013-14 - £1,439 million

The figures include both mandatory charity relief, which local authorities must grant, and discretionary charity relief, which is granted at an authorities’ discretion. The figures include both relief granted in respect of the current year and also adjustments made in respect of previous years.