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Business rates row heats up

The debate over business rates is heating up as the Welsh government scraps the controversial new appeals process.

The Welsh government has said the new appeals system for rates bills, known as Check Challenge Appeal, is an “England-only” plan, The Daily Mail reports.

The English government is facing mounting pressure to follow suit as businesses have warned the new system will delay companies getting their bills corrected and may put many firms off appealing.

Meanwhile Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe has called for an end to the business rates rise as it was revealed his firm will have to pay £17m more each year.

Coupe told The Sun he wanted a “level playing field” after the Government faced a backlash over the controversial new levy.

The new charges come into force in April.

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