Wells Cathedral School, Somerset

The Challenge

Wells Cathedral School instructed us to review their Council Tax along with their business rates. We reviewed both of these liabilities and investigated possible reductions. Our experience of dealing with similar schools led us to believe that some accommodation at the School should have further investigation.

The Local Authority criteria for granting exemptions is rigorously applied which required us to carry out extensive research before lodging our query.

The Solution

We surveyed the premises and then approached the local authority outlining our case based on the detailed analysis of the saving opportunity. We were able to utilise our past experience in the field of rating and Council Tax to maximise the chance of success.

The Result

Lengthy negotiations with the Local Authority led to a Council Tax exemption being agreed and retrospectively applied from 1 April 1993 resulting in good savings for the school.

Wells Cathedral School

Rateable Value Savings Summary

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* Actual savings as a result of exemption.