On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a new district council called West Suffolk Council. Council Tax, Housing benefits and business rates will continue to be managed by Anglia Revenues Partnership on our behalf. From 1 to 17 April online services in these areas will be reduced. Find out how this will affect you
Business rates (National Non-Domestic Rates) are collected by councils from most properties that are not occupied by domestic households, for example shops, offices and factories. The level of business rates is decided by the government.
A proportion of the amount collected is retained by the council. The rest is pooled by the government and redistributed to councils as part of the annual grant settlement. Business rates make a significant contribution to the funds that the councils need to pay for local services like rubbish collection and planning.
Business rates for West Suffolk are managed by Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP) on behalf of West Suffolk Council. For more information about business rates visit: Anglia Revenues Partnership – Business Rates