Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services
Decision status: Awaiting Implementation
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
This report seeks consideration to approve an award of discretionary top-up rate relief to a non-profit making organisation under the provisions of section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (as amended by section 69 of the Localism Act 2011).
That the application from Cherish (Reach and Connect) for 20% discretionary top-up rate relief for the financial year 2022-2023 amounting to £367.63 and 20% discretionary top-up rate relief for the financial year 2023-2024 amounting to £747.52. The total relief approved is £1,115.15.
The discretionary top-up rate relief applied for is in respect of the premises known as The Cherish Centre, West Park, 65-67 Albert Road, Southport, PR9 9LN.
Reasons for the Decision(s):
Cherish (Reach and Connect) is a registered charity, registered with the Charities Commission, Registration number 1200832 and, in line with other registered charities, is entitled to 80% mandatory rate relief in respect of their business rate liability at The Cherish Centre, West Park, 65-67 Albert Road, Southport, PR9 9LN.
Cherish (Reach and Connect) only became a registered charity on 27 October 2022 and, from this point, lost their entitlement to 100% Small Business Rate Relief.
The organisation has been established since 26 April 2021 with the aim of supporting people aged 50 and over who are lonely or isolated and people living with mental health issues and disabilities.
A discretionary top-up rate relief award for the financial years 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 and 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 will go some way to securing the long-term viability of a relatively new organisation and allow it to expand the services provided.
Under rate retention, 99% of discretionary relief must be borne by the Council and 1% by the Fire Authority
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)
None. However, Cabinet Member may refuse the application or choose to award a lower level of relief.
Publication date: 18/05/2023
Date of decision: 18/05/2023
Effective from: 27/05/2023