Ad Hoc Sub Committee Rates Relief Minutes

Date:
Thursday 7 July 2016
Time:
2:00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Tom A McAughtrie (Chairman)-Abbey
Patsy Gilroy (Substitute)-Dee
Jane S Maitland-Dee
John Martin-Nith
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Officials:
Harry Hay - Head of Customer Services
Helen Drinkwater - Principal Officer Revenues
Lindsay Nairn - Billing and Arrears Recovery Manager
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
Apologies:
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

5 Members present and 1 apology, noting that Patsy Gilroy was a substitute for Graham Nicol.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

3 APPOINTMENT OF A CHAIRMAN

Decision

 

AGREED to appoint Tom A McAughtrie as Chairman for the meeting.

 

PROCEDURE - Tom A McAughtrie assumed the role of Chairman.

4 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there were no items of business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.

5 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED to adopt a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of paragraph 6 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

EXEMPT
6 RATES RELIEF - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Summary of report - This report asked Members to consider 2 appeal applications for Non Domestic Rates discretionary relief.

 

PROCEDURE - the Chairman intimated that he would, with the agreement of Members, deal with each appellant in turn.  This was agreed.

 

Decision

 

NOTED

 

6.1       the Discretionary Rates Relief policy; and

 

6.2       the test for rating purposes;

 

AGREED

 

6.3       to dismiss the appeal against the refusal to award discretionary rates relief for appellant 1;

 

6.4       to apply discretion, for appellant 1, under the 'Exceptional Service to the Community' criteria to award discretionary rate relief of 80% on the basis that the organisation contributes to promotion of art activity and encouraging individuals and groups who would otherwise not participate and contributing towards the regeneration of the town centre, subject to review after 1 year;

 

6.5      to dismiss the appeal against the refusal to award discretionary rates relief to appellant 2; and

 

6.6      to apply discretion, for appellant 2, under the 'Exceptional Service to the Community' criteria to award discretionary rates relief of 100% on the basis that the organisation provides employability and services to people with disabilities, as well as provision of facilities for people with disabilitles, subject to review after 1 year.