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Uniform Business Rate

Also called the UBR. The local tax rate for commercial property in England and Wales. The rate changes every year due to inflation. Even though it is paid to local governments, it is determined by the central government.
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uniform business rate (UBR)

the annual charge made by local authorities in England and Wales on business premises, factories, warehouses, offices and shops. The UBR is fixed at a set rate throughout the country (for 2005/06 the rate has been fixed at 42.2p in the £). Thus, for any given premises anywhere in England and Wales the rate payable is calculated simply by multiplying the above rates by the assessed rateable value of the premises. The UBR came into effect in April 1990, replacing the previous system of rating which gave individual local authorities discretion in setting the base rates payable in their particular areas. Inevitably, this created anomalies with large variations from area to area, as some authorities increased their local services and put the burden of paying a higher proportion of the bill on to businesses rather than householders. The introduction of the UBR required all business premises to be revalued at 1990 prices with further revaluations scheduled every five years.
Collins Dictionary of Business, 3rd ed. © 2002, 2005 C Pass, B Lowes, A Pendleton, L Chadwick, D O’Reilly and M Afferson

uniform business rate (UBR)

the annual charge in England and Wales on business premises. The UBR, along with the ‘council tax’ (see LOCAL TAX) and central government grants, is used to finance local authority spending. Although the UBR is paid by businesses to the particular local authority in whose area their premises are located, the UBR itself is fixed at one set (‘uniform’) rate throughout the country by the government.
Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005
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That would at least help business in a small way." Mark Clapham, rating surveyor at the Birmingham office of national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton, said companies generally would welcome the decision to stagger the rise in unified business rates (UBR).
City rating specialist David Evans said companies would see the Uniform Business Rate (UBR) tax rise 2.7 per cent from April 1.