Extra levy looks unlikely

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A proposal to ask the Government for powers to levy extra rates on larger retailers will be discussed by Babergh District Council, despite lead members not supporting the idea.

Members of Babergh District Council’s strategy committee decided that the proposal – which would give the authority the power to increase taxes on large retailers – should be sent to its full council, but with the recommendation that the idea be rejected.

Instead, members have suggested writing to the Government, asking it to redress the imbalance between the size of business rates paid by small town traders and those of larger out-of-town retailers, such as supermarkets.

Babergh councillor Robert Lindsay, who first put forward the proposal, said: “I’m happy that all councillors, not just a few members of the strategy committee, will be able to debate this.

“But I’m disappointed that Babergh’s leading councillors don’t seem to want to take any responsibility or power back into their own hands to levy business rates.”

The proposal will be discussed on December 16.