Non-domestic rates (or 'business rates') collected by councils 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, councils keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for councils to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth since councils will benefit from growth in business rates revenues.
The money, together with revenue from council tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by Oldham Council and other local councils.
Further information about the business rates system, including transitional and other reliefs: Business rates (Gov.uk website).