Parliamentary motion on business rates gets support of 60 MPs

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The business rates EDM has gained the support of 60 MPs
The business rates EDM has gained the support of 60 MPs
The Early Day Motion (EDM) put forward calling for a review of the revaluation process for business rates has the support of 60 MPs.

MP Charlotte Leslie, vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, tabled the motion in the House of Commons calling for the Government to extend small business rate relief for pubs beyond April 2014.

The MP for Bristol has issued support for the British Beer and Pub Association and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Better Rates for Pubs​ initiative to review the revaluation process for pubs so that the valuation reflects the pub’s actual turnover.

Early Day Motion

The Early Day Motion reads: “That this House supports community pubs; notes that 80 per cent of pubs are small businesses; further notes that business rates form a significant part of a pub’s fixed costs; and calls on the Government to support the British Beer and Pub Association and CAMRA’s Better Rates for Pubs campaign to extend small business rate relief for pubs beyond April 2014, promote take-up of rural rate relief for pubs and review the revaluation process for pub business rates to ensure that the valuation accurately reflects the pub’s actual turnover.”

The BBPA is urging licensees to contact their MP​ using a template letter, asking them to show their support by signing the EDM.

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