The Independent Garage Association (IGA) welcomes the Chancellor's announcement in today’s Spring Budget, that no small business losing rate relief will see their bill increase next year by more than £50 a month.
Stuart James, IGA Director commented: "Although a majority of independent garages have not been affected by the 2017 business rate changes, we are aware that a number of our members have faced serious business rate increases, so we are pleased to see that a rate relief cap will be put in place.
"However, we still need further information about how the government will help small businesses who have faced severe rate increases but are not eligible for business rate relief. More details are again needed on the £300m fund for local councils to offer discretionary relief for hard-hit cases."
"I also question why pubs have been singled out to have a £1,000 discount on their business rates bills - many independent garages are struggling with expensive taxes and bills too."
Businesses throughout the UK have seen dramatic changes to their business rates after the first revaluation in 7 years, where the government adjusts the value of business rates to reflect changes to property rental value. Although many areas of the country have seen their rates fall, London and the South East in particular have seen large increases.
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
Stuart James, IGA Director is available for interview.
About the RMI
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.