Futures Forum: County Council calls for "an urgent national review of local government funding" as "thousands of small businesses are set to be hammered by a rise in business rates"
There are all sorts of implications:
Futures Forum: "Local authorities are going to become increasingly dependent on business rates and yet by so doing they will potentially drive up the costs of healthcare in their localities."
A compromise might be emerging:
Nearly 100,000 small traders facing business rates hikes could be given discounts worth £1,500 each - Telegraph
Business rates: Sajid Javid considers rates discount plan - BBC News
East Devon's MP Hugo Swire comments in the latest Herald:
MP Sir Hugo Swire on how business rates changes may impact East Devon
MP Sir Hugo Swire on how business rates changes may impact East Devon - News - Sidmouth Herald