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BUSINESS RATES AND EXTENSION OF RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 783: tabled on 27 November 2012

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 28 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes business rates are the third biggest expense for many small businesses after rent and wages; further notes business rates are a regressive tax not related to the ability to pay which places a disproportionate burden on small businesses; also notes the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Mirrlees Review which states, the business rate is not a good tax, which distorts economic behaviour; further notes using a monthly average RPI to determine the inflationary rise can lead to disproportionate rises in business rates, such as the 5.6 per cent increase in 2011, whereas using an annual average RPI would tend to flatten out spikes and make increases more predictable; supports the Federation of Small Businesses' call for the Government to review the process by which the inflationary uplift is decided; calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to extend beyond 31 March 2013 100 per cent relief on business rates for properties with a rateable value of 6,000 or less, to also extend beyond 31 March 2013 tapered relief for properties with a rateable value of less than 12,000 and to increase the threshold from 12,000 to 15,000; further calls for these extensions and increases in relief to be funded by the Treasury, as is the case with existing relief, and not translated into further cuts to already hard-pressed local authorities; and to urgently consider and bring before the House further measures to assist small businesses.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2012
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2012
Gower
Crockart, Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 December 2012
Edinburgh West
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2012
Coventry South
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2012
Heywood and Middleton
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 28 November 2012
Foyle
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 6 December 2012
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 3 December 2012
Bradford West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 2012
St Ives
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2012
North Tyneside
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 December 2012
Portsmouth South
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 December 2012
Manchester, Withington
Mann, John
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2013
Bassetlaw
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 28 November 2012
South Antrim
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2012
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2012
Mansfield
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 December 2012
North Cornwall
Rotheram, Steve
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2012
Liverpool, Walton
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2012
Glenrothes
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2012
Ealing, Southall
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 28 November 2012
Upper Bann
Williams, Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 January 2013
Brecon and Radnorshire

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.