“Following news that the Government has launched a consultation on the frequency of Business Rates Revaluations, the PRA is concerned that the move will be detrimental to members on the assessment of their businesses valuation and make for a more bureaucratic appeals process. This could then make it more difficult for members to appeal their business rates,” said Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
Under the plans, revaluations of non-domestic properties would take place every three years instead of the current system of five to ensure they better reflect changing economic conditions.
The proposals set out in a government consultation will form one part of its Fundamental Review of Business Rates, which will be published later this autumn.
Balmer continued, “Whilst we support the move to more frequent revaluations and streamlining the complex business rates appeals system, we are concerned the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) will not have the capacity to deal with the proposed changes.
“We are currently in discussions with members on how these reforms will affect their businesses and will be responding further to the proposals in due course.”
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.