• Wandsworth agrees business rates contract extension

    27th January 2016

    London Borough of Wandsworth has extended its contract with supplier Liberata to collect business rates. The original contract, worth £2.1m, was signed in 2010 and had been set to run out in 2017. The council has now extended the deal for a further two years, but has refused to reveal how much taxpayer money will […]

  • Shop quits Scunthorpe High Street in row over business rates

    19th January 2016

    A RETAILER has quit Scunthorpe High Street in a row over the level of business rates. In August 2012, Kevin Gearing and Neil Duncan opened their Workwear and Leisure shop, following a £100,000 refurbishment of the former Millets store. They later expanded the business to sell cycles and shoes and at one time shared the […]

  • Council writes off £30k business rates for AFC Telford

    Telford & Wrekin Council has written off nearly £30,000 of business rates for AFC Telford United. The authority also loaned the club £45,000 to meet critical stadium safety checks. It comes at a time when the council has to make £30 million worth of cuts over the next two years, having already cut £80 million […]

  • Dorset County Council needs to find £7.4m to balance the books Dorset County Council offices in Dorchester Dorset County Council leader Robert Gould

    12th January 2016

    DORSET County Council needs to find another £7.4 million in order to balance the books for the upcoming financial year. This week the county council’s cabinet will consider its latest financial plan. The cabinet will hear that 2016 will place more difficult financial demands on the council – which is in the process of trying […]

  • High street shops feel the chill from internet sales

    A rise in closures is predicted in the next one to two years Swaths of high street shops are likely to close their doors permanently, as shoppers continue to shun city centres, head online and spend more on experiences rather than products, according to the head of the retail industry’s trade body. Helen Dickinson, the […]

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