Lib Dems want to scrap business rates to 'breathe new life' into high streets


The Liberal Democrats announced their proposals to scrap business rates and replace them with a landowner levy to 'breathe new life' into high streets in Hertfordshire.

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The Liberal Democrats would replace business rates with a commercial landowner levy, based on the value of the land only. This would take the cost off businesses and help support high streets.

The proposals would cut taxes for businesses by 13% in the Stevenage Constituency. By taxing landowners rather than businesses, half a million small businesses across the country would be spared the burden of property taxation.

Lisa Nash, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2019 general election, said:

Many retailers and small businesses in Stevenage constituency are under pressure from economic uncertainty, the rise of online retail and the burden of business rates. We can see this in the number of empty units in our town centre and high streets in the town and villages."

Yet this Conservative government is failing to get to grips with the crisis facing our high streets. Time and again they have promised reviews of business rates but have failed to take action."

The Liberal Democrats will shift the tax burden from tenants to landlords, so we can breathe new life back into our high streets. We will stop Brexit and build a brighter future, giving local businesses the certainty and support they need to thrive.

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