Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
It was RESOLVED:-
That authority be given to the Assistant Director – Corporate Resources in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Finance and the Leaders to agree a local discretionary discount for pubs, update the current retail discount policy and extend the local newspaper discount, once the Government has provided the full details of the schemes.
Reason for Decision:
To provide a discretionary retail discount, local newspaper discount and pub discount to support ratepayers in Babergh and Mid Suffolk.
To enable the implementation of the discretionary discount schemes.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:
1.1 Option 1 – Wait for the Government to provide the full details of the schemes.
A report can come back to Cabinet once the Government has provided the full details of the schemes.
This could create a delay in ratepayers receiving the discount depending on when a report can be taken back to Cabinet.
1.2 Option 2 - Do nothing
There is no mandatory requirement on billing authorities to provide these discounts, however the Government is funding the scheme. It would therefore be an opportunity missed to support local ratepayers.
Any Declarations of Interests Declared: None
Any Dispensation Granted: None
Publication date: 11/02/2020
Date of decision: 10/02/2020
Decided at meeting: 10/02/2020 - Mid Suffolk Cabinet
Effective from: 19/02/2020