MPs: Government must address issues with business rates devolution

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The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has published a report 100% Retention of Business Rates: Issues for Consideration, which states that the Government must address a “range of issues” before devolving business rates to councils. In particular, it calls on the Government to specify how it will protect councils which rely on redistributed business rates. It also criticises the “massive problem” with business rate appeals that has been “repeatedly ignored” by Government and has resulted in local authorities setting aside substantial sums of money in case an appeal is successful.

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