High Streets

Part of Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Labour, Sheffield South East

I want to return to the question from James Cartlidge, which I do not think the Minister really answered. In the previous Parliament, a unanimously agreed Select Committee report—I think it was generally well received, apart from the response from the Government which was a bit lukewarm—recommended that we address the fundamental imbalance whereby Amazon pays 0.7% of its turnover in business rates and high street shops pay between 2% and 6%. That unfairness needs to be addressed. Will the Government now commit, as part of their business rate review, to look at that unfairness and at how we can rebalance tax, so that digital sales pay more and high street sales pay less?