Business Rates

Part of Delegated Legislation – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 2nd April 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South 4:46 pm, 2nd April 2019

The hon. Gentleman and I came into the House together, so we know each other quite well. To be frank, we have had many debates about rates in general terms, whether they were about the poll tax or business tax and so on, and quite frankly, it is about time—I agree with Ms Dorries—that there was an inquiry to have a good look at the whole system of funding local government in this country. What is happening now is that a lot of local government expenditure, because of the reduction in Government grants to local authorities, has been shoved under business rates. As I said about 18 months ago, we cannot go on like this. Something has to give and we have to look at that properly.