Last chance to submit evidence for business rates inquiry

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Rates inquiry: APPBG chair Mike Wood says the group wants to 'find an equitable way to address this now, to give pubs a sporting chance of fighting back from Covid and contributing all they have to offer'.(image: Getty/Daniel Grizelj)
Rates inquiry: APPBG chair Mike Wood says the group wants to 'find an equitable way to address this now, to give pubs a sporting chance of fighting back from Covid and contributing all they have to offer'.(image: Getty/Daniel Grizelj)

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The evidence deadline for the inquiry into business rates by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) closes tomorrow (Wednesday 17 February).

Those looking to submit evidence or ideas for consideration must do so before tomorrow by email to APPBG secretary Paul Hegarty at cnhy@orretebhc.pb.hx​ and must clearly identify any information given in confidence.

The inquiry aims to understand the impact of business rates on pub operations in England alongside the effectiveness of the valuation process and appeals system.

It is also looking at the fairness of business rates on a sectoral basis as well as the impact of the Government’s current proposals for reform.

Business rates reform options

Furthermore, the inquiry will explore hospitality being a catalyst for inward investment, high street regeneration and employment as well as skills growth.

This will be alongside exploring options for business rates reform to reflect this and the sector’s wider contribution on a national and local level, including rebalancing the burden of businesses rates between digital and physical economies.

APPBG chair Mike Wood highlighted while business rates relief amid the pandemic was welcomed, it didn’t address issues with the system.

He referred to the APPBG’s previous reports on the pressures pubs face from business rates – most recently, shortly before the first lockdown in 2020.

Equitable way

Wood added: “We want to find an equitable way to address this now, to give pubs a sporting chance of fighting back from Covid and contributing all they have to offer.

“As we’ve concluded before, pubs have extraordinary potential to catalyse investment, regeneration and innovation.

“Let’s work out how rates can support, not hinder, this future. We would welcome any ideas and evidence.”

The cross-party inquiry coincides with the Government’s consultation on business rates. All written evidence will be published on the APPBG inquiry website (www.beergroupinquiry.com​​) and virtual hearings will be held with invited witnesses on Wednesday 23 February. Following this, a report will be published in March.

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