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The Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 and come into force on 1st April 2014.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations—

“the 1962 Act” means the Local Government (Financial Provisions etc.) (Scotland) Act 1962(1);

“the 1966 Act” means the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1966(2);

“the 1975 Act” means the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975(3);

“the 1997 Act” means the Local Government and Rating Act 1997(4);

“cumulative rateable value” means the total rateable value of all lands and heritages which an individual ratepayer is either—

(a)

entitled to occupy, whether they are occupied or not; or

(b)

actually in occupation of, whether entitled to or not,

or both;

“lands and heritages” has the meaning prescribed by and under section 42 of the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act 1854(5);

“part residential subjects” has the meaning prescribed by section 99(1) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992(6);

“payday lending” means, in the course of a business involving lending, the making of, or advertising the availability of, loan agreements in relation to which the credit provided is to be repaid or substantially repaid over a period that does not exceed twelve months and being loan agreements with an annual percentage rate of interest equal to or exceeding 100%;

“rateable value”, in relation to lands and heritages and a particular date, means—

(a)

in the case of part residential subjects, the rateable value entered in the roll for that date and apportioned to the non residential use of those subjects; and

(b)

in any other case, the rateable value entered in the roll for that date in respect of those lands and heritages,

and includes a rateable value so entered with retrospective effect;

“rates” means non-domestic rates levied under section 7B of the 1975 Act(7); and

“the roll” means a valuation roll made up under section 1 of the 1975 Act(8).

Amount payable as rates – lands and heritages with rateable value of £18,000 or less

3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (5), this regulation grants relief to a person who is liable to pay rates in respect of lands and heritages on a day in the relevant years where they have—

(a)a rateable value of £18,000 or less; and

(b)a cumulative rateable value not exceeding £35,000.

(2) The relevant years for the purposes of this regulation are the financial year 2014-2015 and the financial year 2015-2016.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), where the cumulative rateable value of lands and heritages falls within one of the ranges specified in column 1 (cumulative rateable value range) of the table below, the amount of rates payable shall be reduced by the percentage specified in the corresponding entry in column 2 (percentage of rate relief).

Cumulative rateable value rangePercentage of rate relief
£10,000 or less100%
More than £10,000 but not exceeding £12,00050%
More than £12,000 but not exceeding £18,00025%
More than £18,000 but not exceeding £35,00025% on each individual property with a rateable value of £18,000 or less

(4) The amount of rate relief calculated under paragraph (3) shall be reduced by the amount of any—

(a)reduction by virtue of one or more of the following enactments—

(i)section 4(2) of the 1962 Act(9);

(ii)section 4(5)(c) of the 1962 Act(10);

(iii)section 24(3) of the 1966 Act(11);

(iv)section 24A of the 1966 Act(12);

(v)the Rating (Disabled Persons) Act 1978(13);

(vi)paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 2 to the 1997 Act(14); or

(b)determination in accordance with sections 6(1) and 7B(2) of the Valuation and Rating (Scotland) Act 1956(15),

but only to the extent that the amount of such rate relief is reduced to nil.

(5) No rate relief may be granted in consequence of paragraph (1) in respect of lands and heritages used for payday lending.

Amount payable as rates – lands and heritages with rateable value of more than £35,000

4.—(1) This regulation applies to lands and heritages on any day in the relevant year when they have a rateable value exceeding £35,000.

(2) The relevant year for the purposes of this regulation is the financial year 2014-2015.

(3) The additional amount payable as rates under these Regulations in respect of lands and heritages for a day in the relevant year on which this regulation applies to them shall be calculated in accordance with the formula—

where—

  • AARP is the additional amount of rates payable;

  • RV is the rateable value of the lands and heritages on that day;

  • S is the additional factor of 0.011; and

  • D is the number of days in the relevant year.

Exemptions and discretionary reductions and remissions

5.  Nothing in these Regulations—

(a)requires rates to be paid in respect of lands and heritages for any day where those lands and heritages are under any enactment entirely exempt from rates for that day; or

(b)prejudices the power of a rating authority to grant a reduction or remission of rates under section 4(5) of the 1962 Act, section 25A of the 1966 Act(16) or paragraph 4 of Schedule 2 to the 1997 Act(17).

Revocation of the 2012 Regulations and the 2013 Regulations

6.—(1) In this regulation—

“the 2012 Regulations” means the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) (No. 3) Regulations 2012(18);

“the 2013 Regulations” means the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013(19).

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), the 2012 Regulations and the 2013 Regulations are revoked.

(3) Nothing in paragraph (2) shall affect the continuing operation of the 2012 Regulations and the 2013 Regulations as regards any day prior to 1st April 2014.

JOHN SWINNEY

A member of the Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

4th February 2014

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