Richard Drax MP calls for debate in Parliament over business rates

Dorset Echo: Richard Drax MP calls for debate in Parliament over business rates Richard Drax MP calls for debate in Parliament over business rates

SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax has called for a debate in Parliament to discuss the ‘vexed topic’ of how business rates are calculated.

He has been moved to act following concerns from traders.

Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Drax said: “Many of my constituents who run small businesses are coming to me more and more frequently to complain about how business rates are calculated, which is leading to crippling charges that in many cases result in shops emptying.

“Will my Right Honourable friend give us a debate on this vexed topic in the near future, which is affecting many businesses, not least in my constituency, but also right across the country?”

Ministers responsible for the Department for Communities and Local Government have been asked to respond.

Mr Drax said: ‘This is an important issue. I am keen that the Government looks at the way they are calculated as a matter of urgency.”

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8:36pm Sun 22 Jun 14

yar2007 says...

I hope he has some luck. If I had to pay rates I could never afford to run my business on top of my Landlord rent and fees. Electric water insurance etc... The government bang on that they want more businesses but at the same time want to extract money from us we don't have. Social scroungers have a better life than me but I take pride in my job and I work hard to get where I am.
I hope he has some luck. If I had to pay rates I could never afford to run my business on top of my Landlord rent and fees. Electric water insurance etc... The government bang on that they want more businesses but at the same time want to extract money from us we don't have. Social scroungers have a better life than me but I take pride in my job and I work hard to get where I am. yar2007
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