This is the latest experimental statistical release on non-domestic rates (also known as business rates). The release provides statistics on the Valuation Office Agency’s workload (formal challenges and reports made against properties in both the 2005 and 2010 local rating lists), and the settlement of challenges. These are shown at quarterly intervals and are broken down to national, regional and local authority levels.
The first part of the release (Tables denoted with a prefix A) includes counts of formal challenges and reports received, resolved and unresolved for each financial quarter from the start of both the 2005 and 2010 local rating lists to the end of September 2014 (The 2005 rating list represents figures from 1st April 2005 and the 2010 rating list represents figures from 1st April 2010). It also includes counts of properties which have been the subject of formal challenges and/or reports.
The second part of the release (Tables denoted with a prefix C) includes regional and national statistics on settlements of formal challenges and Lands Tribunal cases made against the 2005 and 2010 local rating lists throughout the life of the lists.
This publication is labelled as “experimental”, consistent with the UK Statistics Authority guidance on new statistical outputs. This helps users to identify those new Official Statistics that are undergoing evaluation and where we are actively inviting feedback on their usefulness. Comments, which will help inform future releases, may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “experimental” classification should not be interpreted as a qualifier of the content itself: all the statistical tables released are based on sound methods and assured quality, consistent with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. However, during the “experimental” period VOA will continue to develop the publication, and so the presentation and content is liable to change. Content may be added to or replaced by equivalent statistics if other forms are found to be more useful or reliable.