The BRC is among the signatories to a letter submitted to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, challenging the intended new appeals process against business rates.

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium said…

"Given the growing burden of business rates, it is essential that each ratepayer pays its fair share. However, the plans for the new appeals process would mean that a business rates valuation determined to be inaccurate by the independent Valuation Tribunal for England, would only be corrected if it is deemed ‘outside the bounds of reasonable professional judgement’.  This would be unfair to ratepayers and create additional uncertainty for local government. Instead, a collaborative working relationship between the Valuation Office Agency and ratepayers, where information and evidence can be shared and appeals avoided, should be sought."