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NORTH YORKS TSO INVESTIGATES RATING ADVISERS

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Trading standards officers in North Yorkshire are investigating complaints from businesses about rating advisers, B...
Trading standards officers in North Yorkshire are investigating complaints from businesses about rating advisers, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The Manchester based Oldfields group, which has offices around the country, tells small businesses it can obtain a reduction in their business rates, in return for a fee up front, Today reported.

But businesses complain that the rating appeals are not successful, or sometimes are not even put forward by Oldfields.

North Yorkshire CC trading standards has launched an investigation into Oldfields. Special investigation officer Richard Flinton told the programme that the company was acting for 25,000 small businesses, charging a fee of around £200 each.

Oldfields could not tell Today how many successful rate reductions it had obtained.
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