The British Retail Consortium last week wrote to chancellor Sajid Javid, urging the government to freeze business rate
Local authorities keep half of business rate
income with half going to central government.
For a start, the business rate
system is entrenching regional inequalities.
If your business rate
bill increased last year and is contributing towards financial hardship, you may qualify for the council's business rates
A Policy Network report calls for councils to have full powers to set business rate
levels, working alongside combined authorities - alongside a new system for determining what businesses pay.
Clr Sheard added that business rate
relief for small businesses was vital locally, adding: "We've got to make sure that continues."
In your North East Manifesto survey, there was huge support for a business rate
cut, at 47.1%.
Ministers should also strongly lobby UK Government to retain the small business rate
relief scheme beyond March, 2013.
Today the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) called on the government to drop its plans, pointing out the uniform business rate
was established in 1990 specifically to prevent councils in certain areas of the country from hitting firms with inflation-busting business rate
The Supreme Court has given the government the right to appeal a PS300m court dispute over business rate
bills for cash machines outside shops.
John Fuller, vice chairman of the LGA's Resources Board, said: "Ongoing delays in tackling business rate
appeals from 2010 are heaping further financial uncertainty and pressure on our local services at a time when every penny counts to give councils the best chance of protecting services over the next few years.