This screening process involves scoping the policy under consideration. The purpose of policy scoping is to help prepare the background and context and set out the aims and objectives for the policy being screened. This will help identify potential constraints.
Regulation can be defined as: a rule or guidance with which failure to comply would result in the regulated entity or person coming into conflict with the law or being ineligible for continued funding, grants and other applied for schemes. This can be summarised as all measures with legal force imposed by central government and other schemes operated by central government.
The fundamental criteria is ‘will the policy have an impact (direct or indirect) on the wider business community?
2. Name of the policy
Removal of Halls of Residence Exemption
3. Brief Description of the policy
The policy would see the removal of the 100% exemption currently provided to halls of residence owned or managed by prescribed education establishments, and see their rates treatment regularised with other student accommodation in the non-domestic rating list.
4. Aims of the policy/ Rationale behind the changes
Policy forms part of NIO’s suite of revenue raising measures in the context of the wider NI Budgetary situation.
5. Impact/ Outcomes of the Policy
The change would regularise the treatment of halls of residence owned or managed by educational establishments with other non-domestic properties within the taxation regime more generally, and other student accommodation within the taxation regime specifically.
Is the policy or amendment to the policy likely to have a direct or indirect impact on businesses?
Is the policy or amendment to the policy likely to have a direct or indirect impact on the voluntary / community sector?
On the basis of the answers to the screening questions, I recommend that this policy / decision is –
Screened Out – No RIA necessary (no impacts on businesses).