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Labour MP calls for business rates freeze

By Gurjit Degun , 04-Feb-2013
Last updated on 04-Feb-2013 at 11:28 GMT2013-02-04T11:28:52Z

The former chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group has tabled a motion calling on the Chancellor to freeze business rates for the next financial year.

Labour MP Alan Meale has set up the early day motion because rates have risen by an average of 10% over the last two years.

He wrote: “[This House] believes that the time has come for the Government to realise that without direct action many such enterprises will not survive another financial year; and calls on Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer to freeze business rates for the coming 12 month fiscal period.”

The EDM has five signatures so far.