Music venues under threat from discriminatory Business Rate relief system
08 January 2019
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
In response to the Government decision that music venues will not be eligible to apply for business rates relief, UKHospitality Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls, said:
“This decision amounts to unfair discrimination against thousands of venues that provide valuable cultural, economic and social benefits to the UK. Soaring business rates are severely damaging all types of hospitality businesses, harming growth plans and leading to closures. Grassroots music venues are no different, they are disproportionately harmed by high rates bills, and ought to have access to the same rates reliefs as other types of retail outlets.
“Live music venues are shutting down across the country and are increasingly under threat, and once lost rarely come back. We are ready to work in partnership with other concerned stakeholders to fight for this damaging decision to be reversed, and to ensure the Government fully realises the valuable role of live music venues. We will also continue to press for urgent and wholesale review of the outdated rates regime which penalises bricks and mortar hospitality businesses and risks shutting down the UK’s growth engine.”
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