'Suspend NI and rates for riot-hit shops' – BRC

11 August, 2011

The British Retail Consortium has called on the government to suspend business rates and National Insurance for businesses affected by this week’s riots in urban England.

It also wants flexibility in making VAT returns, similar to measure to help farming communities after foot and mouth outbreaks.

The BRC also said there should be supportive and expedient planning processes for premises requiring substantial repair and recourse for compensation under the Riot Damages Act, with an extension from 14 days to 42 days for assessments of losses.

In a letter to David Cameron, BRC director general Ian Robertson said: “As we emerge from the crisis it is essential that the government gives a clear signal of support to the affected communities and the retailers at their heart.”




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