Responding to the Lyons Review recommendation that Councils should be given the power to raise a supplementary business rate Sally Low, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Sir Michael Lyons’ recommendation on supplementary business rates is essentially relocalisation by another name.  It is hard to imagine any local authority turning down the opportunity to raise more money from businesses, with consultation being nothing but a box ticking activity.

 

“What is being proposed will give local authorities the ability to levy an extra rate on businesses without any accountability and no guarantee that the extra revenue raised will be spent on projects that actually benefit those paying for them.

 

“Business Improvement Districts show the willingness of the business community to contribute extra resource but the difference here is that businesses have a say in how their money is spent.”