Decision details

National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR) - Discretionary Discount Scheme for businesses accredited to Living Wage Foundation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To approve applying NNDR discount to Brent based businesses who become accredited as London Living Wage employers.

Decision:

(i)         that approval be given to the proposal to offer a discount in National Non- Domestic Rates of five times the costs of accreditation to the first 100 businesses in Brent which become accredited with the Living Wage Foundation and who meet the criteria detailed in Appendix 1, pursuant to the Council’s powers under section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 and that the Cabinet is satisfied that that this proposal is reasonable having regard to the interests of those persons who are liable to pay council tax in the borough of Brent;

(ii)        that the scheme be implemented from 1 April 2015 and run to 31 March 2016 in order to monitor take up and the cost incurred by the council in funding the scheme. A report will be submitted in January 2016 detailing the success of the scheme thus far and whether or not it should be extended into 2016/17.

(iii)       that applications for such discounts in National Non-Domestic Rates that meet the criteria as set out in Appendix 1 be approved jointly by the Head of Employment and Skills and Head of Customer Service and Revenue.

Reason Key: Affects more than 2 wards;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Jon Lloyd-Owen, Operational Director, Housing and Culture Email: jon.lloyd-owen@brent.gov.uk Tel: 020 8937 5199.

Report author: Shomsia Ali

Publication date: 28/01/2015

Date of decision: 26/01/2015

Decided at meeting: 26/01/2015 - Cabinet

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