Sajid Javid has promised to work ‘closely’ with the chancellor in order to support the small businesses who will be hit the hardest by a rates increase.
Seven out of 10 business properties in Scotland will pay the same rates or less next year, with half paying nothing at all, says the Scottish finance secretary.
Business leaders believe the Government’s planned block on appeals against incorrect business rates valuations may be ‘illegal’ and have urged Whitehall to rethink its policy.
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Business leaders have warned SMEs could be hit with hundreds of millions of pounds of unfair taxes if the Government goes ahead with plans to stop businesses appealing incorrect business rates calculations.
Councils should be given the £2.4bn in unallocated business rates to support social care services, a trade union has argued today.