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As part of his response to Coronavirus, the Chancellor announced that small businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality will be exempted from business rates this year. But how will this play out across the country?
Mayors: the run-up to 2020Business rates reform would unlock opportunities for cities
Mike Spicer is the Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce. Here, he looks ahead to the government's review of business rates.
Another high street report prescribes business rates reform and again fails to recognise the real blame lies in the weak economies of many UK cities
Parts of Hammond’s plan could help cities reshape their high streets, but underlying economic weaknesses must be addressed for long-lasting change
The Chancellor’s Budget had something for everyone, but its overriding message for cities was ‘see what 2019 brings’
While National Government is preoccupied with Brexit, the Chancellor should seize the opportunity to help cities prepare for the future
There are good reasons to reform the business rates system – but doing so won't save high street retail
Without fundamental reform of local government finance, more cities will face a funding crisis in the coming years
Changes are needed to make the system fairer and more transparent for businesses