Speaking during the Second Reading of the Non-Domestic Rating Bill, Harriett Baldwin intervenes on the Minister to seek reassurance that the Valuation Office Agency is ready for the changes and on track for its computer system changes.
Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)
The Minister is speaking about the Valuation Office Agency, which gave evidence to the Treasury Committee last week. It reassured us that it was ready for these changes and on track for its computer system changes. Is that consistent with what she has been told?
The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Victoria Atkins)
Yes, it is. Indeed, the VOA is very keen to get moving with this because, while it does a good job under the current system, it understands the difficulties that less frequent revaluations have posed for businesses, particularly given recent history with the pandemic. This is very much part of trying to sew the system together even more tightly, so that the VOA is able to fulfil its obligations to ratepayers.