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10 Feb 2021

Use this template to email your MP to help independent retailers survive the pandemic by delaying the return of business rates.

10 Feb 2021

Letter to Rishi Sunak signed by Tesco, B&Q, Waterstones, and members of the IRC, calls for the business rates system to be reformed to make it fairer for physical stores

10 Feb 2021

Whether you'd like to ask about business rates, the rent moratorium, or Government support for IBDs during the pandemic, we want to hear it.

9 Feb 2021

Legislation has been laid to increase the minimum amount that retailers must charge for a single use carrier bag from 5p to 10p from 30th April 2021

5 Feb 2021

Over 65 retail organisations, including many members of the IRC, have written to the Prime Minister raising concerns of increasing instances of violence and abuse against shopworkers

4 Feb 2021

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3 Feb 2021

Buy now pay later (BNPL) firms such as Klarna and Clearpay are to be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority after a report warned of the risk of people running into "unseen debt".

28 Jan 2021

'Exceptional circumstances require an exceptional response'

28 Jan 2021

The ACT is once again collaborating with leading cycling brands, retailers and organisations to support the new Cycling Marketing Board

28 Jan 2021

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Join us in urging MPs to extend business rates holiday

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

ThHouses of Parliament, budget 2020e Prime Minister has announced that there will be no further review of lockdown measures until at least March 8, 2020.

This means we are on the verge of marking the one-year anniversary since the first lockdown in England, which closed all non-essential retail. In that time, so-called non-essential traders have only been allowed to open for four months out of the past 12.

With that in mind, IRC member Bira is demanding the Government extend its business rates holiday past April 2021. Now more than ever, the Chancellor needs to make a commitment to help independent retailers survive the pandemic by delaying the return of business rates.

While we are doing all we can to raise this matter with Ministers, we are also urging you to get involved and write to your MP, stating your case.

To make this easy for you, we've created this template letter for you to cut and paste, and amend with your personal details before posting, or emailing it to your MP.

Your template letter here

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