The government is expected to enforce stricter time limits for business rates appeals before April, despite complaints that the appeals process is in disarray.
The Department for Local Communities and Government has said there are “clear benefits to introducing a cut-off point for appeals”, to reduce speculative challenges to bills that “waste public resources” and “cause uncertainty for local authorities”.
It intends to “put forward proposals before April 2018 for setting a fixed time limit for appeals”.
The Valuation Office Agency’s three-stage “check, challenge, appeal” system for rates bills has attracted criticism since it came into effect on 1 April.
Mark Rigby, chief executive at business rents and rates specialist CVS, said: “The conversations that we must be having right now are not about restricting business rates rebates, but about making the new regulations work better for business.”