Budget 2017: Pubs see extra help in business rates revamp


Public houses and small businesses will receive extra help with their organization rates bill, the chancellor has announced.

The new measures mean that 90% of saloons in England will receive a discount while small firms set to dissipate their rate relief will see increases capped at £50 a month, the chancellor influenced.

A £300m fund for local councils to offer discretionary relief to the worst-hit set ups was also announced.

But business groups said the system still needed restore.

Overall, the extra relief will cost the government £435m, Chancellor Philip Hammond broke.

Ahead of the Budget, business had been lobbying hard over the delivery. An update to business rates comes into effect in April and assorted firms – pubs and restaurants in particular – had complained that the sharp expansions threatened their survival.

Business rates are based on a what is identified as the “rateable value” of its property – that is a calculation based on the rental value of the extent. For pubs, the latest measure applies to those with a “rateable value” of £100,000 for this year just.

The cap on small business set to lose their rate relief will glue for five years.

‘The bigger picture still a problem’

Jane Antoniades escapes a florist and gift shop in Whitstable. She says:

“Personally I feel titanic relief but the bigger picture is that rates are still a problem for the Intoxicated Street. There are four other places nearby who are not getting this stand-in and so are still getting hit by massive increases. If they close, that modifies the High Street as a whole and me as well.

I was due to pay a 353% increase over the next five years. That has now been covered at £500 a year so that will be an increase of just under 40%.

Province bodies gave a lukewarm reaction.

“Measures that mitigate the short-term colliding of business rate rises are little more than a sticking superimpose,” said the British Chambers of Commerce. “The radical changes needed to pick up the broken business rates system will have to wait for another day.”


Mike Cherry, chairman of the Bund of Small Businesses said the “new money is a direct and much-needed response to those front astronomical hikes in their business rates”.

But he added that the tax remained out of old hat modern and called for the creation of a simpler, fairer system.

And Jerry Schurder, mentality of business rates at the property consultancy Gerald Eve said the plan for another consultation into more recurrent revaluations was “timewasting of the highest order”.

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, a stiff representing retailers in the eating and drinking sector, welcomed the move on pub standings, saying it would “safeguard investment and jobs”.

The British Beer and Pub Consortium (BBPA) was pleased with the relief on rates, but said that the spreadings in beer duty – an extra 2p on a pint – was not good news.

“Beer tax has now risen by 43% in the days 10 years. This latest rise will mean 4,000 fewer jobs this year, mostly in saloons. Tax rises on all alcohol will add £125m to the cost base of pubs,” said Brigid Simmonds, chief number one of the BBPA.

All alcohol duty will go up with the rate of inflation, as hitherto planned.

How are business rates calculated?

Business rates are in effect the commercial conception of council tax, and are paid on the rental value of the space that businesses reside. The amount depends of the size of the property and what it’s used for.

This update to estate values is two years behind schedule, making it a harder pill to down in areas where the price of real estate has been rising.

It is a devolved to be decided disagree. Scotland and Wales have already announced changes to their patterns.

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