The protest against business rates revaluation was easily foreseeable when the Government ducked carrying out a 2015 revaluation and effectively loaded large increases on London and the South- East this time round as a " reward" for driving economic growth. There is lots of media suggestion that their will be new reliefs granted. Let's hope common sense prevails and if that does happen it does not involve councils having to reprint bills with new figures which would be a complete waste of public money and poor for cashflow. I am assuming Government knows this and won't do anything so silly, I am also assuming that Government put money into social care because it will improve quality of care and save the NHS money. I am also assuming that BREXIT negotiations will not be at the expense of the economy and that EU workers who are vital to the economy are granted rights to stay as soon as possible. . . I hope I am right.
Councils fear they could lose out on vital business rates income because they have been forced to put billing on hold due to uncertainty over this week’s Budget.Billing authorities are under pressure to send out business rate bills in time to collect the first instalments at the start of April. However it has emerged some have put their billing process “on pause” or are “taking it up to the wire” because of possible changes to come out of the chancellor’s Budget on Wednesday. In a statement the Department for Communities & Local Government confirmed ministers were looking again at transitional relief for businesses facing the steepest increases and expected “to be in a position to make an announcement at the Budget next week”. The District Councils’ Network confirmed many members were worried they could lose out on business rates income.