More than 133,000 businesses in the UK are still waiting for an appeal for their business rates
valuation from 2010 to be resolved, the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

The LGA, who are an organisation who work with councils to support local government, said councils have been “forced” to divert £2.5bn away from local services over the past five years to cover the risk of business rate appeals.

Joe Williams, of The Village Shop in Banbury, applied for a reduction this year, as well as last. 

“We did it through the council online and, after a month, we received a revaluation. However, we were lucky we got it so quickly. I honestly think it depends when you apply for it – we applied when the bills were being issued,” he said.