Press release

Deloitte comments on changes to business rates

27 October 2021

Gerry Biddle, director of business rates, commented:

 “The Chancellor made it clear that the business rates system is here to stay. However, he did announce reliefs in business rates totalling £7bn. These business rate reliefs are more generous than had been expected and are significant when considered against the annual total of business rates of £25bn.

 “The annual multiplier, which is used to calculate the annual business rate liability, was due to increase next year by CPI (3%) but this increase has been cancelled. All business occupiers will benefit from this reduction, which will amount to almost £1bn in total and will assist businesses in the current challenging economic climate.

 “The 50% cut in liability next year for retail, leisure and hospitality properties will be very welcome in those sectors, but will be particularly beneficial to the smaller operators - the larger ones will be subject to the ceiling of £110,000. Retail occupiers will significantly benefit from this as they pay c 25% of the total of business rates.”



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