Business rates: will the election bring about much-needed relief?

As we approach the political party season and the Autumn financial statement, retailers and their agents are calling for a freeze in business rates.

Chris Grose at Hartnell Taylor Cook

In the last decade, the government has published more than 12 separate consultations, reviews and discussion papers aimed at reviewing the business rates system, tackling issues such as the revaluation process and formal challenge system. The responses to many of these have been similar: business rates need reform and avoidance is an issue, but so is the rate in the pound.

This month Chris Grose, Director in Professional Services, addresses how he sees the future panning out, writing in BE News:

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