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Business Rates - welcome for streamlined process for appeals

02/11/15


The BBPA has welcomed proposals today from DCLG to streamline the appeals process for Business Rates, which should make it easier for pubs to secure much deserved rebates. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive:


“We very much agree that the system needs to be streamlined. The BBPA had called for modest fees, and specifically that they be refundable where the challenge is successful, which is what is now being proposed.


“We need to ensure that cases needing urgent attention are dealt with promptly and effectively, so that licensees get the rebates they deserve, for overvaluations, and pay the right level of rates in the future.


“It is in everyone’s interest that the system is not clogged up with more speculative appeals, while still providing pubs a more effective route to challenge unfair valuations than we have at present.”


Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.




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Neil Williams
Head of Media
nwilliams@beerandpub.com
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779


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