Non domestic Rates (Business Rates): Local Rating Lists Experimental Statistical Release

Released: 29 May 2014
Next Release: November 2014
Frequency of release: Twice yearly (May and November)

This is the latest experimental statistical release on non-domestic rates (also known as business rates).  The release includes statistics on formal challenges and reports made against properties in both the 2005 and 2010 Local Rating Lists.  These are shown at quarterly intervals and are broken down to national, regional and local authority levels.

The first part of the release (Tables denoted with a prefix A.) illustrates the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA’s) day-to-day rating workload.  It includes counts of formal challenges and reports received, resolved and unresolved for each financial quarter from the start of both the 2005 and 2010 Local Rating Lists to the end of March 2014.  It also includes counts of properties which have been the subject of formal challenges and/or reports.

The second part of the release (Tables denoted with a prefix C) includes regional and national statistics on settlements of formal challenges and Lands Tribunal cases made against the 2005 and 2010 Local Rating Lists throughout the life of the lists.

Please note that we will not be publishing tables showing the aggregate rateable value for each Rating List over time. Theses tables have been included in the second part of previous releases (table Bs). These tables are extremely complex to produce and we wish to quality assure the methodology to ensure it is fit for purpose.

Counts are rounded to the nearest ten with counts fewer than 5 reported as negligible and denoted by '-'.  Totals may not sum due to rounding.  Statistics are derived from data for England and Wales extracted from the VOA’s administrative database as at 31 March 2014.

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 statistics@voa.gsi.gov.uk.

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 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.

For further details on the information included in this release please refer to the release notes linked below:

Release Notes

Methodology

2010 Local Rating List

Day-to-day rating workload
Table As (XLS, 1.6MB)
Zip file contains individual csv files

Settlements of formal challenges
Table C1_2010 (XLS: 42.5KB)
Zip file contains individual csv files

2005 Local Rating List

Day-to-day rating workload
Table As (XLS, 2.82MB)
Zip file contains individual csv files

Settlements of formal challenges
Table C1_2005 (XLS: 42.5KB)
Zip file contains individual csv files

Pre-Release Access List

This document details the positions held by all individuals granted up to a maximum of 24 hours early access to the documents included in this release.