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Lords examines Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill

25 February 2021

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The Non Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill completed its committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, in the Lords on 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.

Report stage, an opportunity to closely scrutinise elements of the bill and make changes, is scheduled for Tuesday 16 March.

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.

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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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