Alison Robinson

Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
Farm Business Park, Gloucester
GL2 4LY

Falmouth Town Council Re-submitting Toilet Tax SCA Proposal To Government In 01/19 - Request To Complete / Promote Completion of Short Evidence Survey By Member Councils In Your Areas By 10/12/18

Falmouth Town Council, supported by NALC, would like to re-submit a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act for legislative change to grant local (parish and town) councils mandatory 100% business rates relief on public toilets that they own or manage. This follows the submission of a proposal in December 2017 from Falmouth Town Council formally requesting complete mandatory rate relief from the Government on all public conveniences owned or managed by local councils. It is our belief that such a removal of business rates would improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing as they are an unwanted price tag around many assets and liabilities transferred to local councils by principal local authorities unable to run them any longer.

This agenda also clearly fits into the health and wellbeing domain. Despite the Government's commitment to ending the toilet tax (by 2020) in the Budget 2018 on 29 October 2018, the sector cannot rest until the end of the toilet tax is formally on the statute books. For this reason the NALC Policy Committee (at its 2 October 2018 session) asked that NALC / Falmouth Town Council gather further evidence to support the proposal ahead of its formal re-submission in 01/19. A sector survey was considered to be one way of achieving this (NALC is also gathering other qualitative data to support the re-submission, aside from the survey).

The responses to this survey will help support the proposal to be re-submitted to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government by mid-January 2019 under the Act. The Government have asked that we support that request with evidence that the change is required. To that end we would be hugely grateful if you could please complete / promote completion of the following survey web-link (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BKJ92FP ) to all member councils in your county areas by 17:00 on 10 December 2018 - thanks. It will take just 5 minutes to complete.

Posted: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:50 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, toilet tax, survey