Non domestic Rates (Business Rates): Local Rating Lists

Experimental Statistical Release

2005 and 2010 Local Rating Lists, England and Wales

Released: 28 November 2013 (updated: 13 February 2014)
Next Release: May 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 illustrates the 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 September 2013.  It also includes counts of properties which have been the subject of formal challenges and/or reports.

The second part of the release shows the aggregate rateable value of each Rating List over time.  As formal challenges and reports are dealt with, changes in Rateable Value (RV) can be backdated, meaning that the statistics are subject to revision throughout the life of the lists.  The release presents the value of the list at quarterly intervals, reflecting all formal challenges and reports that were resolved up to and including 30 September 2013.

The third part of the release 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.

Counts are rounded to the nearest ten with counts fewer than 5 reported as negligible and denoted by '-'.  Total rateable values are rounded to the nearest £hundred thousand.  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 30 September 2013.
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.

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.

The VOA Official Statistics team invites readers to comment on experimental publications, which will help inform future releases.  Comments may be sent to statistics@voa.gsi.gov.uk.

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

Release Notes

UPDATE 19 December 2013:

Tables containing unique hereditament counts relating to formal challenges and reports added.

UPDATE 13 February 2014:

Table C1_2005.xls title corrected to read “2005 Local Rating List”.

2010 Local Rating List

Day-to-day rating workload
Table As (XLS, 1.35 MB)
Link to Zip file contains individual csv & xls files

Aggregate rateable value
Table Bs (XLS, 555 KB)
Link to Zip file contains individual csv & xls files

Settlements of formal challenges
Table C1_2010 (XLS: 42KB; CSV: 2KB)

2005 Local Rating List

Day-to-day rating workload
Table As (XLS, 2.64 MB)
Link to Zip file contains individual csv & xls files

Aggregate rateable value
Table Bs (XLS, 688 KB)
Link to Zip file contains individual csv & xls files

Settlements of formal challenges
Table C1_2005 (XLS: 41KB; CSV: 356b)

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