Rates relief scheme: 'unclear and unfair'. By Dan Martin

The current small business rates relief (SBRR) scheme is "grossly unfair", an SME lobby group claims.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) said the rate relief criteria needs an overhaul and not enough effort is being made to raise awareness of firms' entitlements.

Recent research by the Local Government Association revealed that less than half of the 870,000 small businesses across England eligible for the scheme have applied for it, meaning they are potentially missing out on rate relief of up to £2,500 per year.

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