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BUSINESS RATES MAY BE SLASHED FOR VILLAGE PUBS

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Country pubs struggling to stay afloat will have their busines rates slashed under proposals being considered by th...
Country pubs struggling to stay afloat will have their busines rates slashed under proposals being considered by the government, reported The Independent on Sunday (p12).

The DETR is looking into plans to offer rate relief to ailing village pubs under a similar scheme to that which grants some small shops and sub-post offices in rural areas between 50% and 100% off their tax bills.

Ministers believe the pub is, in some cases, an integral part of rural life, particularly in remore areas. But many publicans are struggling to make ends meet and to meet soaring bills and running costs.
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