Business rates are a tax which have become completely out of touch with economic reality.
Extortionate rates that bare no relation to the ability to pay have been a barrier to opening new businesses in our towns and are one of the major reasons we now see so many empty shops on our high streets.
I have seen this for myself in Rochdale where some businesses are facing rates bills which are three times their rent.
I am campaigning for a thorough reform of the business rates system that will make it more fair, more logical and more beneficial for small businesses.
I am campaigning for:
- Shifting the burden of taxation from smaller to larger businesses
- Reforming the antiquated VOA to make valuation fairer and appeals easier
- More frequent valuations
- Greater assistance for struggling businesses to help keep them open
- Greater local control over the proceeds of business rates
If you support this campaign and would like to see business rates reformed then please sign below.