Government to challenge £300m cash machine ruling

Sainsburys cash machine

The government has won the right to appeal a court ruling over whether retailers should pay business rates for cash machines outside their shops.

The Supreme Court has said politicians can challenge the Court of Appeal’s decision last year, which ruled in favour of supermarket giants including Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

It meant the retailers were not liable to shell out business rates bills of £300m on their ATMs.

However, the legal wrange is set to continue after the Supreme Court said the government’s Valuation Office Agency (VAO) can lodge an appeal of its own.

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