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Business rates scheme ‘too late’

Justine Greening, shadow local government minister

The lower than expected uptake in a scheme that allows companies to defer
payment on business rates has prompted accusation from the Conservative party
that the policy is a “total fiasco”.

Launched in March the scheme has attracted little interest, according to the
Tories.

Tory shadow local government minister Justine Greening is quoted in the
Financial
Times
saying the scheme came too late for many small businesses.

The scheme allowed companies to defer part of the 5% rise in business rates
announced by the government over three years.

The Tories believe only 6% of companies have taken advantage of the scheme.

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