This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Business rate change protests increase in volume

17 February 2017

A group of the UK's largest employers have joined together to protest about the government's changes to business rates.

Among the concerns raised is government's aim to reduce the number of appeals it has to deal with.

A letter has been sent to the government with 13 signatories, including the British Property Federation, CBI, the British Retail Consortium and the Federation of Small Businesses.

The group is objecting to the government's intention to dismiss appeals by those objecting to incorrect valuations, deemed to be within certain limits, according to the BBC.

At present, the government has not revealed the acceptable margin of error that will guide decisions on which appeals are dismissed.

The BBC report says that expert commentators believe it could be as much as 15%.

If this becomes fact, it could see companies forced to pay more business tax than they should, without the right of appeal if the sum is less than 15% in error.

The latest protest follows a please earlier this week from pubs and restaurants to Chancellor Philip Hammond to reduce the impact of business rate rises in his March budget.

However, a spokesperson replying on behalf of the government has described the claims as "simply false".

The intention behind reforming the appeals process is easier to understand and that "generous business rate reliefs" will result in many businesses receiving a reduction in business rates, with 600,000 not paying any rates at all, said the spokesperson.

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image Issues of back flushing PIC valves explained

The popularity of Pressure Independent Control (PIC) valves over the last few years has significantly increased and now are the popular choice of many system designers.Full Story...

Article image Join PFM in an exclusive visit to the RWM exhibition in September

Facilities managers and service providers are invited to join PFM magazine in an enhanced visitor experience at the RWM exhibition at the NEC in September.Full Story...

PFM Awards 2017 finalists announced

PFM Awards 2017 categories announced

Total Solutions at the Facilities Show 2017