Axing of business rates on public toilets “very welcome", says South Thanet MP

Craig Mackinlay MP has welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement in the budget of mandatory business rates relief on public toilets whether publicly or privately owned.

Craig has been lobbying ministers on this issue on behalf of the local authorities in his South Thanet constituency that have complained to him about the costs of business rates on their public toilets.

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Welcoming the announcement, Craig Mackinlay MP commented:

“I have always been opposed to the notion that public conveniences should be liable to business rates and had lobbied the former Chancellor to get Clause 9 of the Local Government Finance Bill 2016-17 onto the statute book, so was delighted that it made its way that far.

“Because of the General Election last year, however, the Bill did not make further progress and so this perverse situation continued.

“In the case of conveniences in Wingham in my constituency, business rates cost the council in excess of £2,000 per year to support a non-revenue earning public service.

“So this week’s announcement will be very welcome not just to Wingham Parish Council and Dover District Council, but by local authorities up-and-down our country.”