Business Rates (also known as National Non-Domestic Rates) are a tax on business properties. The tax is set by the government and business rates collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. The money is used to help pay for the services the Council provides.
For further information on Business Rates (including a Guide to Business Rates) can be found on the website of the Department for Communities and Local Government
The Council Tax On-line leaflet 2018-19 (issued with new and annual bills) details the total cost of services including Police and Fire Authorities.