The NFSP fully welcomes the Banking Services (Post Offices) Bill that is going to be presented by Duncan Baker MP on 2 March 2021. The Bill will ensure that banking institutions are mandated to maintain a minimum level of banking services for their customers, including the provision of cash via the post office network, even when they have left an area.
The government had already announced that their proposed business rates retail discount would increase from one third to 50% - a great success for bira (British Independent Retail Association) who have been campaigning for this discount over the last two years.
Members of the Association of Convenience Stores, British Retail Consortium, National Federation of Retail Newsagents and the shopworkers union, USDAW, presented a united voice to Government at a parliamentary event on Tuesday, calling for an end to violence against shopworkers.
The retail discount, which is available for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 tax years, currently allows qualifying businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 a third off their business rates bills on top of any other reliefs for which they are eligible.
Dudley South parliamentary candidate Mike Wood, who was previously PPS to the Home Secretary, took time out from the general election campaign to discuss retailers' concerns about retail crime with representatives from the NFRN.
Nicky Morgan, Steve Baker, Alison McGovern and Clive Betts (brought the Treasury Committee’s enquiry into business rates to Birmingham today, to speak to a number of independent retailers at the British Independent Retailers Association’s (Bira) Head Office.