Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool

The Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool is made up of seven authorities:

  • City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Calderdale Council
  • Harrogate Borough Council
  • Kirklees Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Wakefield Council
  • City of York Council

The Pool is a voluntary arrangement between the member authorities made possible by the Business Rates Retention scheme which allows local authorities to retain locally a proportion of any growth in business rates income. The Pool was established on 1st April 2013 with the aim of furthering economic development activities across the region. It is funded from “levies” on business rates growth which would otherwise be paid over to central government.

The operation of the Pool is governed by a formal agreement between the seven authorities which was updated in March 2015. The Pool is led by a Joint Committee made up of the leaders of the seven authorities and is administered by Leeds City Council. The Joint Committee is responsible for making decisions about the use of levies paid in to the Pool.

The Pool generated £3.11m of income in 2015/16.

The Terms of Reference for the Joint Committee, the Pool Governance Arrangement, meeting papers and minutes of Joint Committee meetings are available in the related documents section of this page.

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Leeds City Region Business Rates Joint Committee - 7th March 2018 (Public Pack)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds City Region Business Rates Joint Committee - 7th March 2018 (Public Pack).pdf1128727pdf
Business Rates Joint Committee - 30th November 2017 (Public Pack) PDF 1.2MBhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/7 - Leeds City Region Business Rates Joint Committee - 30th November 2017.pdf1021745pdf
Governance Agreementhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Governance Agreement.pdf94675pdf
Business Rates Pool committee terms of referencehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Business Rates Pool committee terms of reference.pdf59800pdf
Business Rates Joint Committee minutes - 20 November 2015https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds City Region Business Rates Joint Committee minutes 20th November 2015.pdf124745pdf
Business Rates Joint Committee - 1 June 2017 (Public Pack)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Business Rates Joint Committee - 1st June 2017 (Public Pack).pdf339087pdf
Business Rates Joint Commitee - 1 Dec 2016 (Public Pack)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Business Rates Joint Commitee 1st Dec 2016 (Public Pack).pdf410328pdf
Business Rates Joint Committee - 28 July 2016 (Public Pack)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Business Rates Joint Committee 28th July 2016 (Public Pack).pdf159265pdf
Business Rates Joint Committee minutes - 28 Jan 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds City Region Business Rates Joint Committee minutes - 28th Jan 2016.pdf129171pdf
Business Rates Joint Committee - 20 November 2015 (Public Pack)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Business Rates Joint Committee - 20th November 2015, Public Pack.pdf119682pdf

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