They are simply outdated and, given the financial challenge we now face, the often-suggested online sales tax looks even more attractive.
Ae consultation on the issue is taking evidence now – and terms of reference for a review will be published in the Budget.
New research today by WPI Strategy categorically proves that the business rates burden is highest in northern towns such as Barrow and Leigh.
He must ensure that taxation supports viability before he can start to focus on balancing the books.
“Our values are rooted in the fundamental belief that individual freedom enables both the greatest achievement and the gentlest kindness.”
“I am committing myself to a single priority – to create, support and extend opportunity to as many people as I can.”
We should be asking ourselves what we want from local government in the future, particularly in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
Local identities matter. Rather than abolishing small local authorities, more power should be handed down to them.
Given the Coronavirus uncertainties, whatever he announces could be even more provisional than most schemes of most Chancellors.
More delay would playing into the hands of the SNP and other opposition parties who claim that ‘Westminster isn’t delivering.’
One area that has had relatively little attention, but could get much more, is the behaviour of commercial landlords across the country.
There have been delays in sending payments to businesses. Rubbish collections have been missed.
How prepared are we for strict social distancing for the forseeable future, compulsory masks, closed leisure facilities – and a semi-functioning economy?
The most significant part of his announcement was talks with employers and unions “to urgently develop new forms of employment support”.
The implications of the crisis are such that Johnson and Sunak need not so much to think outside the box as to trample it to tatters altogether.