• Help with Council Tax and business rates for flood-hit communities

    11th December 2015

    Flood affected communities will not face Council Tax or business rate bills for the homes and businesses they have been displaced from, Greg Clark announced today (8 December 2015). The Communities Secretary said this forms part of wider government efforts to ensure areas affected by the aftermath of Storm Desmond get the support they need. […]

  • Business rates revaluation to hit London hardest

    8th December 2015

    usiness rates have become something of a bugbear for firms of all sizes and George Osborne’s postponement of the expected overhaul until next year has caused further frustration. Now, new research has revealed which of the UK’s towns should brace themselves for further pain, with rates set to soar in 76 of Britain’s main towns […]

  • Labour would introduce kitemark for firms paying living wage

    3rd December 2015

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says businesses that meet tax obligations and pay employees fairly deserve public recognition Labour would introduce a kitemark system to recognise businesses that pay fair wages and meet their tax obligations, the shadow chancellor has said. The party’s attitude to business was one of the key battlegrounds during the leadership contest […]

  • CBI reacts to Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement

    1st December 2015

    The CBI has responded to the Comprehensive Spending Review and the Autumn Statement, given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the House of Commons. Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, says: “This was a good spending review for longer-term investment in the economy but there’s a sting in the tail in the size and scope of […]

  • West Midlands could raise £6.8bn with business rate overhaul

    The West Midlands could generate an extra £6.8 billion a year with a radical overhaul of business rates, a new report states. A Policy Network report calls for councils to have full powers to set business rate levels, working alongside combined authorities – alongside a new system for determining what businesses pay. Full fiscal control […]

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