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Policy for the awarding of discretionary Rates Relief to charities and not for profit organisations

Meeting: 03/09/2019 - Dorset Council - Cabinet (Item 47)

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To consider a report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Commercial and Assets.

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Decision:

Decision

 

That the discretionary rate relief policy, as set out at Appendix 3 of the report of 3 September 2019, be adopted.

 

Reason for the Decision

 

To ensure that a consistent approach is taken in relation to the award of discretionary rates relief.

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Finance, Commercial and Assets advised members that councils have the discretion to award up to 100% rate relief to ratepayers.  The former Dorset district and borough councils all adopted schemes which looked to provide support to charities and “not for profit” organisations.

 

The discretionary rate relief policy set out at appendix 3 to the report of Cabinet 3 September 2019, had been developed having a regard to the previous schemes and ensured that a consistent approach would be taken.

 

In response to questions regarding any negative impact on the organisations already in receipt of support, members were advised that the policy looked to target support to those organisation which make a maximum contribution towards the community.  It was anticipated that the majority of existing recipients would continue to receive discretionary rate relief and that the cost of awards would be in line with budget provision.

 

The Portfolio Holder further suggested that the policy should be reviewed after 12 months to ensure that it was fit for purpose.

 

Decision

 

That the discretionary rate relief policy, as set out at Appendix 3 of the report of 3 September 2019, be adopted.

 

Reason for the Decision

 

To ensure that a consistent approach is taken in relation to the award of discretionary rates relief.