Retailers call for business rates cut to help battle cost-of-living crunch

Empty shop to let on hight street

A coalition of leading retailers and trade bodies has launched a ‘Cut the Shops Tax’ campaign, arguing for a business rates reduction to combat inflationary pressures and protect industry jobs.

The retailers – the Co-opGreggsB&Q owner KingfisherMorrisonsSainsbury’sTesco and Waterstones – also said they would be “open” to an online sales tax if it funded a reduction in rates.

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