Saturday 4 March 2017 / 12:02 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

This business rates revaluation has exposed the fundamental flaws in this outdated system of taxation – Teresa Pearce

Teresa Pearce MP, Labour’s Shadow
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
, responding to
the IFS analysis of the business rates revaluation on local authorities, said:

“This business rates revaluation has
exposed the fundamental flaws in this outdated system of taxation. Those flaws
will be further magnified once 100% business rate retention comes into effect.

“Our high streets are already struggling – and this revaluation will signal the
end for many small businesses, such as independent pubs at the heart of
community life.

“The current system means that councils won’t see a sharp increase in their
revenue – but once 100% retention kicks in, some councils may be rolling in
cash whilst others are left out in the cold.

“Businesses and councils need far more support and stability than the
Government is currently offering. The Government must re-evaluate the business
rates system and produce something which works for communities across our
regions and the businesses they rely on.”