§ Mr. Robin Squire
No. Empty property benefits from local services and it is right that it should contribute to the cost. We estimate that abolition would cost £600 million a year. We are already providing £1–25 billion of help to businesses over the next three years under the Non-Domestic Rating Act 1992.
Charging authorities have discretion to grant rate relief to businesses in cases of hardship provided it is in the interests of their community chargepayers to do so.