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|(1) Less than £500.|
The figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
Rateable values are based on rental value at a set valuation date-1 April 2003 and 1 April 2008 for the 2005 and the new 2010 rating lists respectively. At each
revaluation a completely fresh valuation of each property is made and it is to be expected that values will change at differential rates reflecting the change in demand for property over time.
The five-yearly business rates revaluations make sure each business pays its fair contribution and no more by ensuring the share of the national rates bill paid by any one business reflects changes over time in the value of their property relative to others. The 2010 revaluation will not raise a single extra penny for Government.
Over a million properties will see their business rate liabilities come down as a result of revaluation. The Government intend to put in place a £2 billion relief scheme to limit the impact on the minority with bill increases. That is on top of the wider support available to help ease business pressures including discounted rate bills for small businesses and deferring tax payments.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside of 9 November 2009, Official Report, column 75W, on non-domestic rates: ports, if he will place in the Library a copy of the communication received from the trade association. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of how many individual hereditaments in each port he expects backdated payments of business rates to be required. 
Barbara Follett: As of 26 October 2009, there are 727 hereditaments within the 45 large statutory ports and container terminals in England with a liability for business rates backdated to 1 April 2005.
The Government have listened to the concerns of businesses with significant and unexpected backdated bills, including some within ports. It has legislated to allow such bills to be repaid over an unprecedented eight years period rather than in one single instalment. This will help affected businesses to manage their cash flows during the downturn by reducing the amount they are required to pay immediately by 87 per cent.
As at 8 October 2009, local authorities have reported that ratepayers occupying 221 properties within ports had fully discharged their backdated liability and ratepayers occupying a further 200 business properties within ports had been granted a schedule of payments.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what primary description codes the Valuation Office Agency uses for classifying hereditaments for business rates. 
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty commercial properties in City of York Council area were exempt from commercial rates under the Government's temporary exemption scheme in 2009; what the monetary value was of the rate income foregone; and what the financial effects of such relief on City of York Council were. 
Barbara Follett: Data about the number of empty commercial properties in 2009 have not yet been collected. It is planned that these data will be requested from all billing authorities in England as at 31 December 2009.
Data on the value of the empty property rate relief granted in 2009-10 will be collected on the annual national non-domestic rates (NNDR3) form completed by all billing authorities in England after the end of the current financial year.
Any non-domestic rate relief granted because properties are empty has no financial effect on a billing authority. Any relief granted reduces the amount of national non-domestic rates an authority will be able to collect and subsequently required to contribute to the national non-domestic rates pool. If an authority awards more relief than envisaged at the budget stage, and consequently collects less non-domestic rates, measures are available to the authority to reduce its contribution to the pool either within year or after the year has ended.
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