To be CASC registered you have to be a non-profit making club. That’s meaningless in golf. George Osborne uses Sunningdale Golf Club as his idea of a non-profit making club! So it is meaningless. Sunningdale, with its £1.3 million of green fees isn’t, of course, CASC registered but Royal Dornoch with about £650,000 of green fees is. So, non-profit making is a red herring.
Clubs must be non-discriminatory. That seems meaningless. Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) which is renowned as the most discriminatory golf club in the country against women managed to get a spurious CASC registration and saved over £90,000 in business rates before being rumbled. They seem to have pocketed the savings!
Food and catering is only supposed to be an add-on to playing sport and not freely open to the public. Despite this, over 80 of the CASC registered golf clubs have massive wedding businesses. Here’s a table of 80 of them. And remember, they are trading unfairly against you, against local pubs, hotels and other bona fide businesses paying their rates and taxes.
And then there are also at least five jammy dodgers in the CASC system with hotel accommodation on site – three in Wales, one in Scotland and one in England. And no doubt we have missed some.
Here’s a table of some of the main beneficiaries on the business rates!
|Club||Postcode||Rateable Value||Rates 2013 @ .471||Subsidy @80%|
|Langley Park||BR3 6SZ||151,000||71,121||56,898|
|Addington Palace||CR10 5BB||127,000||59,817||47,854|
|Pinner Hill||HA5 3YA||127,000||59,817||47,854|
|North Middlesex||N20 0NL||116,000||54,636||43,708|
|Potters Bar||EN6 1DE||113,768||53,585||42,868|
|Mill Hill||NW7 3AL||103,000||48,513||38,810|
|Brampton Park||PE28 4NF||101,000||47,571||38,057|
|Bedford and County||MK41 6ET||101,000||47,571||38,057|
|Saffron Walden||CB10 1BX||90,500||42,626||37,301|
|Harpenden Common||AL5 1BL||85,000||40,035||32,028|
|Keddleston Park||DE22 5JD||79,000||37,209||29,767|
|St. Neots||PE19 7GE||78,000||36,738||29,390|
|North Manchester||M24 4PE||76,000||35,796||28,637|
|East Devon||EX9 6DG||72,000||33,912||27,130|
|Scarborough North Shore||YO12 6PP||71,000||33,441||26,752|
|East Brighton||BN2 5RA||63,000||29,673||23,738|
|Aberdovey, Wales (@46.4%)||LL35 0RT||59,500||27,608||22,086|
And we have made a full complaint of all the abuse to the CASC team at HMRC in Bootle. Hopefully they will have the guts and manpower to claw back wrongly claimed subsidies. You can enjoy that report!
Please click here to read or download: AGCO Report to HMRC Peter McConnell
Click here to read more: The CASC Consultation – new rules