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Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill completes Lords stages

21 April 2021

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The Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill had its third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes, on Tuesday 20 April.

This bill aims to introduce a 100 per cent mandatory business rates relief for public lavatories.

No changes to the wording of the bill were suggested ahead of third reading.

Members discussed the progress of the bill through the House at its conclusion of Lords stages.

As both Houses have agreed on the text of the bill it now awaits the final stage of Royal Assent. It will then become an Act of Parliament (law). 

A date for Royal Assent is yet to be scheduled. 

Report stage: Wednesday 17 March

Members discussed accessibility, the distribution of public lavatories and changing places, baby-change amenities and funding for new public facilities.

Lords committee stage: Wednesday 24 February

Members discussed a range of topics, including public lavatories that are free of charge, as well as the needs of the disabled, parents with children, women and trans people.

Second reading: Monday 18 January

The Non Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill had its second reading, the key debate on the draft law's purpose and principles, on Monday 18 January.

Lords News: Lords debates non-domestic ratings bills

Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill

This Bill implements the commitments made by the Chancellors of the Exchequer in the Budget 2018 and Budget 2020 to introduce a 100% mandatory business rates relief for public lavatories.

The bill reduces the cost of running public lavatories by amending part 3 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to ensure that, in relation to an inherited property consisting wholly or mainly of a public lavatory, the chargeable amount will be zero.

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