Over 50 retailers in UK sent a joint letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, urged him to fix the “broken” business rates system. The letter was coordinated by the British Retail Consortium.
The letter urged four fixes, including a freeze in the business rates multiplier; fixing transitional relief, which currently forces many retailers to pay more than they should; introducing an ‘Improvement Relief’ for ratepayers; ensuring that the Valuation Office Agency is fully resourced to do its job.
Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the BRC said:”These four fixes would be an important step to reform the broken business rates system which holds back investment, threatens jobs and harms our high streets. The new Government has an opportunity to unlock the full potential of retail in the UK, and the Prime Minister’s economic package provides a means to do so.