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2017 Rating List will be for five years

26.05.2016

Self assessment rating appeal system likely from 2022 The 2017 Rating List will come into effect on 1 April 2017, yet the government is keeping businesses waiting for as long as possible regarding confirmation as to how it will be administered. At yesterday’s National Rating Day, BNPPRE’s Ian Allison put a government official on the spot by asking: “2017 Rating List, three years or five?”. The official intimated strongly that it will be five years. Having extended the 2010 Rating...

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Rates reform is a nightmare for business

16.05.2016

Positive measures in the Budget conceal underlying changes that will further frustrate business rates appeals Despite persistent lobbying and representations made directly to MPs, the Enterprise Bill received royal assent on 4 May without the amendments sought by businesses. The Enterprise Act is one of the government’s keynote pieces of legislation, with the laudable objective of cutting red tape and stimulating growth. The irony however is that this new law is totally at odds with these objectives. Measures are now...

residential, housing, london

Radical solutions needed if London’s new mayor is to hit his housing targets

12.05.2016

The appointment of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London is an opportunity to consider the radical solutions which will be needed to tackle the Capital’s affordability crisis. The average London house price rose by more than 50% to £472,000 during the last mayoral term, with a further increase of 21%, taking average house prices to £572,000, forecast by 2020 if the new Mayor fails to tackle affordability. It is a crisis with serious implications for workers’ productivity and the health...

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