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04 Mar 2021

Bira appeals to Chancellor to offer full rates relief in England

Bira is appealing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to extend the 100% business rates relief in England for a full year.

The plea follows yesterday's decision by the Welsh Government to give retailers 100% rates relief until next March. The Scottish Government made a similar pledge to its retailers last month.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed details of his Budget in the House of Commons yesterday (March 3), which included extension of the business rates relief for retailers until June, then discounted rates of up to two thirds for those hardest-hit.

While Bira 'broadly welcomed' the Chancellor's measures to support independent retailers through economic recovery, there was disappointment 100% rates relief had not been extended for the full 12 months.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira CEO, said: “Bira is delighted that the Welsh Government has fully recognised the challenges faced by retail over the next 12 months and it is a very positive decision to extend rates relief there for another 12 months.

"It makes it hard to understand why England is making businesses pay 25% of their rates in 2021/22.

"It's not too late for Rishi to go a little further and do the same!"

Here, Andrew calls for more support in the London Evening Standard

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