IGA to government: Extend business rates relief to garages

Published:  30 March, 2020

The IGA is asking government to extend business rates relief to independent garages, as they work to keep the country’s cars on the road through the Coronavirus outbreak 

Today (Monday 30 March) The IGA wrote to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick MP, urging him to offer business rates relief to garages.  

In the letter, IGA Chief Executive Stuart James said: “The government have rightly supported businesses with a rate relief package, however many small retail businesses that serve the consumer directly appear to fall outside the scope of the above relief.  

“It is our understanding that retail businesses that operate from industrial premises, such as local independent garages, do not qualify for the relief by nature of the classification of their premises.  

“Garages businesses have been classified as essential services during this crisis to ensure that key workers continue to have access to vehicle maintenance and repairs, and ensure they can fulfil their roles for the nation.

  He added: “We urgently ask that the government review and expand the Retail Business Rates Relief scheme to include retail businesses that operate from industrial premises such as independent garages, to enable them to stay open for the benefit of our key workers.”  

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