It argues that as most retailers will lack the experience necessary to appeal effectively, leaving any successful appeal cancelled out by the cost of seeking help.
Responding to Osborne’s decision to devolve business rates responsibilities to local councils, Labour MP Simon Danczuk called for a slightly different approach. He said: “The power to cut business rates is a good start. But I would argue that councils need the power to set varying rates within their area and take smaller businesses out of rates altogether.”
Business rates expert, Paul Turner-Mitchell has also warned that if the business rates relief scheme, which has been in place since 2005, is not extended to 2017, the average small shop in England could see an increase of more than £1,500 to their annual bill.