In April 2014, the government published a discussion paper on business rates administration in England. It received over 200 responses from local authorities, businesses, their representatives and individuals to this paper.
This document summarises the main messages from the responses under 4 main headings:
- How property is valued
- How often property is valued
- How rates bills are set and collected
- How information about ratepayers and business rates is provided and used
The key findings from the discussion paper and from the meetings held with officials from HM Treasury, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Valuation Office Agency have informed the government’s interim findings on business rates administration.