Impact of business rates on business Contents


Conduct of the Committee’s inquiry

1.For the purposes of this report, non-domestic property rates will be referred to as business rates, as they are more commonly known. This report considers the administration of business rates in England and Wales. Business rates are handled differently in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

2.The Treasury Committee launched the Impact of business rates on business inquiry on 1 February 2019. This inquiry was launched to assess:

3.We would like to thank all of those who engaged with our inquiry.

4.We held five oral evidence sessions:

5.In response to our call for evidence we received over 140 submissions from stakeholders. This included submissions from representative bodies of business, campaign organisations, independent businesses, national brands and chains, chartered surveyors, councils and charities.

6.We held an outreach event in Birmingham on 20 May 2019 to gather evidence. This event allowed us to meet organisations on an informal basis and included several organisations who had not previously engaged with us.

Published: 31 October 2019