In October 2015, the Government announced that, by the end of this Parliament, local authorities will be able to keep 100 per cent of the business rates they raise locally. This is a fundamental change to in the way local government is financed.

The LGA has been working with the councils and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to ensure that local government is vocal in shaping the way that this new system will work.

We will continue to update this hub with useful information, including key papers and materials so check back on a regular basis.


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Get involved

To ensure that views from across the sector are represented in the development of a new system, we are inviting you to submit your views on all papers of all groups set up to help implement business rate retention as listed below. To feed in to the work on a new system for 100 per cent business rate retention, please email businessrates@local.gov.uk


Steering Group

A technical steering group and a number of sub-groups have been established to provide information and expert advice to support the LGA and DCLG in advising Ministers on the setting up and implementation of this new system. The Steering Group will meet regularly and papers will be updated here

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: December 1

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: October 3

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: September 7

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: July 19

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: June 13

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: May 13

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: April 12

Upcoming meetings

Thursday 1 December


Technical Working Group on Needs and Redistribution

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: 10 January

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: 10 November

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: 13 October

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: 5 September

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: 4 August

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: 4 July

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: 6 June

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: May 3

Upcoming meetings

10 November and 8 December


Systems Design Working Group

Read latest minutes, agendas and papers: November 25

Read latest minutes, agendas and papers: November 2

Read latest minutes, agendas and papers: October 14

Read latest minutes and papers circulated in lieu of meeting: September 23

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: September 2

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: July 25

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: June 17

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: June 1

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: May 20

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: May 4

Upcoming meetings

November 2


Responsibilities Working Group

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: November 17

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: October 20

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: September 20

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: July 21

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: June 27

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: June 3

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: May 26

Read the latest minutes, agendas and papers: May 3

Upcoming meetings

  • 19 January
  • 16 February
  • 21 March

Accounting and Accountabilities Working Group


Business Interests Group

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In the media

LGA responds to DCLG consultation on business rates retention (05/07/2016)

LGA responds to Chancellor's business rates announcement (05/10/2015)

Publications

Call for evidence on Fair Funding Review response (26/09/2016)

Business rates summer consultation response (26/09/2016)

Don't be left in the dark: What localised business rates mean for your council: a guide to business rates retention (July 2016)


Business Rates Retention: LGA/DCLG Regional Events

A series of regional events took place for elected members and officers in local authorities. The events were an opportunity to hear about the consultation and progress on business rates retention, and for councils to give their views on the proposals. You can read the presentations here