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WHITEHALL THROWS LIFELINE TO STRUGGLING VILLAGES

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The government is to introduce legislation to cut business rates for village shops by up to£2 a week, the Sunday T...
The government is to introduce legislation to cut business rates for village shops by up to £2 a week, the Sunday Telegraph reported (p5).

The move, designed to reverse decades of rural decline, would stipulate that rates for shops serving alone a local population of under 3,000 people would be cut by half.

Councils would be reimbursed by the treasury for the lost revenue, but they would have additional freedom to waive all or part of the remaining charge.
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