Employer groups unite in revolt against business rate rise

Several of the UK’s largest employers’ groups have come together to voice their opposition to the government’s proposed changes to business rates in April.

Thirteen groups, including the British Retail Consortium and CBI, have written a letter opposing a clause they say could prevent firms appealing against rate rises.

Lingerie retailers in England are set to be hit by the business rate hike when it comes into affect in April.

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In response to the letter though, a government spokesman told the BBC that the claims were “simply false”.

Meanwhile, a BBC report said that Treasury Minister, David Gauke, claimed that three in four businesses would not see an increase in their bills.

Other signatories to the letter include the Federation of Small Businesses, Revo, the Association of Convenience Stores, the British Chambers of Commerce and the British Property Federation.

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