BRC criticises government over business rates recommendations snub

closed stores high street

The BRC has criticised the government’s response to the Treasury Select Committee business rates inquiry, saying the recommendations appear to have “fallen on deaf ears”.

HM Treasury published its response to October’s business rates inquiry report this afternoon, which made a number of recommendations to fix what it described as a “broken” and “unfair system” that places greater costs on high street shops than online businesses.

The government has committed to implementing just one recommendation around making the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government available to work with local governments on discretionary reliefs.

Other recommendations, including reviewing all business rates reliefs, reforming the Valuation Office Agency and even bringing business rates in line with inflation, were rejected.

Subscription content

Please sign in now if you have a subscription or are already registered with us.

Retail Week

Register for free to continue reading provides premium, in-depth intelligence that helps retailers judge risks, spot opportunities and identify what they need to do to win in the digital economy.

Register today for a taste of our high-quality intelligence and enjoy:

  • Two free article views per calendar month on
  • Detailed analysis of current trends and events 
  • Exclusive newsletters
  • In-depth reports, videos, interviews and much more

Discover Retail Week register now

Please note, if you have recently purchased a subscription, it may take a few minutes before your account is updated.