Discretionary Rate Relief Consultation

Response to the consultation

Documents supporting the response

Purpose of the consultation

Have your say about changes to discretionary rate relief for non-domestic properties


This consultation has now ended. To view the Cabinet Report based on the consultation findings please follow this link



Important points

The Council wants your views about proposed changes to the discretionary rate relief (DRR) policy for non-domestic properties.


1.  The Council has the power to award discretionary rate relief which reduces the amount of non-domestic rates that an organisation pays for their property

2.  The Council is responsible for 49% of the cost of discretionary rate relief and currently spends £1 million per annum on rate relief to 250 charities and not-for-profit organisations.

3.  The Council faces significant financial challenges and is therefore consulting on a new discretionary rate relief policy which supports those  organisations that best meet the priorities Coventry City Council wants to promote but also ensures value to local tax payers and service users



What this is about

Non-domestic rates are paid on all non-domestic premises. The Council has the discretionary power to reduce non-domestic rates by up to 100% where the ratepayer is a not-for-profit organisation.

The cost to the Council of awarding discretionary relief is 49% of the total awarded and therefore the award of rate relief reduces the level of funding available to the Council to provide local services. The cost of awarding discretionary rate relief and the impact on local taxpayers has changed following recent business rate reforms. As a result many councils are consulting on changes to their discretionary rate relief policy. Coventry has decided to do the same.

The Council currently supports 250 not-for-profit organisations at a cost of £1 million each year.

Given the significant financial challenges facing the Council and the pressure this puts on local services, the Council has drafted a new discretionary rate relief policy which seeks to provide support to those organisations that best meet the priorities that the Council wants to promote whilst also offering a fair and transparent system to local tax payers.

The Council is undertaking a public consultation so that the views of ratepayers, and other interested persons can be taken into account in agreeing the final Policy.

After the consultation period closes, the Council will consider what everyone has said and will decide whether it needs to make changes to the new policy before it is introduced in April 2015.

How you can have your say

We would like to invite you to take part in this process and provide us with your feedback on the proposals that are being made.

A copy of the Council’s proposed DRR policy is available at

Please look at the proposed policy and then let us know what you think. You can respond in the following ways:

  • Complete the consultation response form on-line here
  • Attend one of our public meetings (see below)

A paper copy of the proposed policy and survey form can also be provided on request, please ring 024 7683 3333.

The consultation process on this proposal commences on 11th December 2013 and ends on 5th February 2014.


Public meetings will be taking place for people to voice their opinions about the Council’s budget consultation, including the proposed discretionary rate relief policy. If you would like to attend one of the meetings and to find out details of the meetings, please let us know by using the below contact details:


Telephone: 02476 83 3060 or 024 7683 3702


Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Kristi Larsen
Corporate Research Team

Telephone: 024 7683 1282