UKHospitality welcomes new APPG rates reform calls

Kate Nicholls
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UKHospitality has welcomed a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship that has called for the government to rapidly reform current business rates structures in the UK.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The report identifies considerable flaws in the current tax system and calls for a complete overhaul; something that we have consistently called for. The current system of business tax is completely out-of-date and totally unsuitable for the realities of doing business in the 21st Century.”In the report, which sought to analyse the current issues facing entrepreneurial startups and small businesses the group drew particular attention to the negative impact of current business rates valuation practices and the labyrinthian process of appealing them.

In this regard the APPG called for a reduction in these complexities with such measures as the transformation of business rates into a commercial land tax.

Nicholls continued: “Arguably the principal challenge facing employers in the hospitality sector remains business rates, which have not been reformed despite promises in successive manifestos.

“The report suggests the transformation of business rates into a tax on commercial landowners and on land rather than property, which would begin to address some of the imbalances in the current system and help reduce the unfair burden that hospitality businesses face, particularly affecting investment. Crucially, the government needs to accept there is a problem, acknowledge the creative solutions being presented and facilitate a formal review with businesses to find a workable solution.”

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