Covid-19: Cultural and Entertainment Sectors

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:43 pm on 2nd March 2021.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden 6:43 pm, 2nd March 2021

On St Patrick’s Day 2020, the Chancellor stood at the Dispatch Box and made it clear that events companies with rateable properties would not have to pay business rates. However, the decision was discretionary, and by the time it reached local authorities many said that such companies were not eligible. How can a company be required to pay business rates if it is prevented from doing business, and can I ask the Minister: why is this support a lottery by borough?