Neil intervened in the debate on Local Government Finance to call for greater support for rural businesses with their rates. The Government's business rate re-evaluation will change the taxes paid by many businesses in rural areas. Neil called for extra support for those rural businesses who could see their business rates greatly increased by these reforms.
Neil: There are definitely winners and losers from the business rates review, but many farm tourism businesses—farm cottages, riding stables and others—are being given a much greater value and their rates are going up 60%, 70% or 80%. That is just too much for those businesses, and we need the Government to help them in some way.
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