Food: Wholesale Trade

Treasury written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Kate Hollern Kate Hollern Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the application of business rates relief to food and drink wholesalers.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the application of business rates relief to food and drink wholesalers.

Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the application of business rates relief to food and drink wholesalers.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government has provided enhanced support through business rates relief to businesses occupying properties used for retail, hospitality and leisure given the direct and acute impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on those sectors.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for local authorities on eligible properties. As set out in the guidance, support is targeted at premises that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues; for assembly and leisure; or as hotels, guest and boarding premises, and self-catering accommodation. It is for local authorities to determine eligibility for reliefs, having regard to guidance issued by the Government.

A range of further measures to support all businesses, including those not eligible for the business rates holiday, such as wholesalers, has also been made available.

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