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NAO to scrutinise 100% business rate retention plans

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The National Audit Office is to scrutinise government plans on the move to 100% business rates retention.

Local government is due to keep all of the business rates pot, worth £22.4bn in 2015-16, by the end of the parliament. Revenue support grant will end and councils will also be expected to take on additional responsibilities to account for the extra resource they will get to keep.

Announcing the inquiry the NAO said it would not be looking at how the new system should operate but examining whether the Department for Communities & Local Government “has clear objectives and a good grasp of the challenges involved in delivering this project”

This will include considering whether “its approach, timetable and resourcing are realistic”.

A report is expected in early 2017. Anyone wishing to provide evidence should email enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk.

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