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EfW could lose out in rate-retention scheme

Energy from waste plants could be partially exempted from a government scheme to allow communities to benefit from business rate payments.

In its response to a consultation on business rates retention the Department for Communities and Local Government said “it did not believe it would be appropriate for all of the business rates generated by new energy from waste to fall within the scheme, when a significant element of rateable value will relate to the waste disposal function”.

DCLG said rates paid by energy-from-waste plant operators could be exempted for a portion equivalent to the rateable value of the plant related to renewable energy rather than waste disposal.

The report said: “An equivalent proportion of the business rates from such plants would be retained in full”.

The “Local Government Resource Review: Proposals for Business Rates Retention Consultation” is the government’s response to a summer consultation on allowing some local authorities to retain business rates to encourage local economic growth. 

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