“Business rates reform must remain a priority” says ALMR

Posted in Licensing | April 24, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

The Association of Licensed and Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has called on the Government to stick to its promise of rates relief for pubs after Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said that business rates reform was not a “priority issue” in the wake of the General Election.

ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls commented: “In the run-up to the Spring Conference a lot of good work was done by the ALMR and others to make sure the problem of exorbitant rates was at the forefront of conversation. The Government announced sector-specific relief and discretionary relief, a good first step, but there is now considerable worry that these promises will be lost in the inevitable disorder that can precede a General Election.

“It is vitally important that Government stick to its promise to help tackle rates bills for those businesses under the most pressure, particularly pubs and restaurants that contribute so much but are being disproportionately burdened.”

The ALMR says it will be launching an updated version of its Manifesto for Licensed Hospitality, which will call on all political parties to commit to implementing the rates reform at the soonest opportunity following the General Election.

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