Business rates / VAT / 17 March 2015

Business rates review - BBPA comments

Brigid Simmonds comments on the Government’s announcement that it has confirmed it will be conducting a review of business rates in England, in response to concerns that the system is in need of reform to make it fit for a 21st century economy:

“A wide ranging review is sorely needed, which I welcome, but if the Government is committed to raising the same amount each year, they need to think about widening the net and there must be a system that is responsive to the pressures on small and struggling businesses.

“In the pub sector we know all too well how the rates burden does not respond quickly enough to an adverse change in the trading climate. We will certainly be using the opportunity to put forward proposals to address these challenges, and the huge rates burden on pubs.”

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