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Small Business Rate Relief (Automatic Payment) Bill 2008-09

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Sponsor:
Peter Luff

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill as introduced | PDF version, 76KB 02.03.2009

Latest news on the Small Business Rate Relief (Automatic Payment) Bill 2008-09

This Bill was presented, through the ballot procedure, to Parliament on 21 January. This is known as First Reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

This Bill was on the Order Paper for a Second Reading debate on 6 March.  After being debated the sponsoring Member withdrew the Bill from further consideration.

The Bill will not progress any further.

Summary of the Small Business Rate Relief (Automatic Payment) Bill 2008-09

Businesses and other occupiers of non-domestic properties pay business rates to contribute to the cost of local authority services. A rate relief system for small businesses is in place in England (with different systems in place in Scotland and Wales), which gives relief to businesses which occupy one property with a rateable value below a certain threshold. Business ratepayers currently have to apply for small business rate relief once every five years, provided that their circumstances have not changed in the interim period. This Bill would make the payment of the relief to small businesses automatic.

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