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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Cutting Business Rates

Friday's posting on the government's cynical offloading of Council Tax Support to local Councils has put me in mind of some of the other wheezes that the Tories and Liberal Democrats are using to deflect criticism for the failure of their austerity policies.

One of these, which has been covered elsewhere, is the ability to vary business rates.  The government is actively suggesting that Councils should do this, but at the same time ministers know there is record in raising those rates year after year, and that the areas in most need are in local authorities that have been worst hit by changes to the government grant.

If only ministers would direct the ingenuity they display in blaming others to actually helping to revive economic growth.

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