Business Rates – check your new valuation today, urges BBPA

LM2010_3brigidsimmons1With today’s publication of new rateable values for pubs, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is again reminding licensees to check their new valuations. The BBPA has produced an online guide to help pubs navigate the process.

 

The BBPA is stressing the need for licensees to make sure they have made the necessary financial preparations for next year. Businesses will be able to notify the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) of any obvious errors – and officially appeal to the VOA if there are any serious mistakes, under the Government’s ‘Check, Challenge and Appeal’ process, from April next year.

 

This is the first time the valuations have been amended since 1st April 2010. The VOA, with the help of five trade bodies, including the BBPA, has developed the 2017 Approved Guide to the process, which is due to be published, along with the new valuations, today.

 

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

 

“Whilst we won’t know the final shape of bills until the Government decides on the multiplier, which is effectively the tax rate, it is still vital for licensees to be aware of this major change. There will certainly be premises that will see an increase in their rateable value, particularly where the business has thrived over the past eight years, and we will be looking at ways to mitigate any sharp rise in bills for these premises. We will continue working for relief for pubs – industry pressure has already seen reforms that will mean pubs with a rateable value of £12,000 pay no business rates at all.”

 

ENDS

 

For further information, please contact:

 

David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs: 020 7627 9151/ 07557 436 033

Neil Williams, Head of Media: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

 

Notes to editors:

The BBPA Guide is available here.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.

 

 

Neil Williams

Head of Media

British Beer & Pub Association

020 7627 9156

07974 249 779

www.beerandpub.com