Taxman helps Chatteris Town Football Club

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Fenland MP Steve Barclay is calling on other clubs to apply for a new status to get a business rates reduction.

Chatteris Football Club was finding it difficult to pay its bills including the annual £2,500 business rates and has applied for Community Amateur Sports Club.

If approved the club, which is based in West Street, will get an 80 per cent reduction.

Mr Barclay is also asking the district council for a list of clubs across the district so he can write to them individually to spread the message about CASC status.

Mr Barclay said: “As in the case of Chatteris Town Football Club business rates is a major cost to local clubs and takes a lot of effort to raise the money each year to pay. By seeking CASC status those costs can be dramatically reduced.

“It means changing a club’s constitution so that if it goes bust any assets go to charity and not to members. But most people do not join a club for financial gain so this should not be too much of an issue.

“I am also asking Fenland District Council to waive the other 20 per cent of business rates payable by clubs with CASC status especially given that half of the money collected goes to the government and the other have goes to the district council. It would meant that while all of the 20 per cent saving goes to the club only half of the cost is borne by the local Council Tax payer.”

Mr Barclay is also now preparing to help Chatteris Town seek funding from Sport England and the FA for work to help reduce other costs including looking at installing solar panels, new windows and better insulation on the club house to cut heating and maintenance bills.