The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for uniform rates relief across the UK in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the spring Budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak took the exceptional measure of abolishing business rates for one year for retailers and cafe owners in England with a rateable value of below £51,000.
However, the relief of these rates will not necessarily be implemented in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, where the decision to do so is devolved to Ministers there.
Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre said:
“We must ask that common sense prevails and retailers are given uniform support across the UK.”
As part of the Budget, Mr Sunak also announced that there would be an extra £640m for Scotland, £360m for Wales, and £210m for Northern Ireland.