Cornwall Council plan to review the mandatory relief that 2,300 organisations in Cornwall currently receive from the government.

Under current national legislation charitable organisations can apply for 805 mandatory rate relief from the Government and a further 20% discretionary rate relief from the Council. Non profit making organisations such as village halls, sports and arts clubs, community groups including scouts and guide groups, bands and musical groups, charity shops and heritage organisations, can apply for up to 100 discretionary rate relief.

A working group of Members from the Council’s Corporate Resources and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committees, set up to consider this issue last year, has recommended that the Council formally reviews these arrangements and draws up new more detailed guidelines to ensure there is a consistent approach across Cornwall.

The Council is working with representatives of the voluntary and community sector in Cornwall to help reassure local organisations about the implications of the review.

“Local groups and organisations in Cornwall work very hard with very limited funding and it is important to ensure that they do not panic when they receive an official letter from the Council telling them about the review” said Mark Richardson, Chief Executive of the Voluntary Sector Forum. “The Council has made it clear that it remains committed to supporting community groups and local charities and I will be working closely with Members and officers to ensure that their interests are protected during this process”.

Fore more information, please visit the VSF website.

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