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Indies outline priorities ahead of general election

Business rates reform, the living wage and parking are top of the agenda for smaller retailers ahead of the snap general election on 8 June, the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has said.

Bira said “clear action” to support “thriving high streets, strong independent retailers and local economies” was required by any political party hoping to receive support from indies owners in the upcoming election.

It said business rates are “fundamentally unjust” for independent retailers, and political parties should commit to implementing a business rates threshold.

It also said a “serious review” of parking was required in order to help increase footfall for local businesses.

Bira encouraged all political parties to allow the Low Pay Commission to lead an independent process of setting wage rates so businesses can continue to provide jobs.

Readers' comments (1)

  • No party has any influence to turn back the clock and create 'Thriving High Streets' - it's the past. While stores still have an important role to play, we are now living with a new generation of kids that find it odd that their parents went out and actually bought things. Is that generation going to charge?

    Business Rates is a Red Herring. You have to run your business in relation to those rates and act accordingly. Having cheaper rates won't mean businesses will suddenly be run better - they won't.

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