This release includes statistics on challenges made by taxpayers (or their representatives) against the 2005 and 2010 local rating lists up to 31 December 2016. It also includes statistics on reviews of rating assessments (known as “reports”) that have either been initiated by the Valuation Office Authority (VOA) or a local authority, when new information becomes available.
This is the latest experimental statistical release on non-domestic rating: challenges and changes (often referred to as business rates). The release provides statistics on the VOA’s workload – challenges, reviews of rating assessments (known as “reports”) made against properties in both the 2005 and 2010 local rating lists and the settlement of challenges. This is a streamlined version of the publication containing data for the latest quarter and year to date. The data is broken down to England and Wales and national levels.
There will be an update of the full publication in May this year.
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 the 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.