“Today’s ruling is good news for councils and the local services our communities rely on across the country."
Responding to the decision by the High Court this morning that NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts are not eligible for business rates relief, a spokesperson for the Local Government Association said:
“Today’s ruling is good news for councils and the local services our communities rely on across the country.
“Councils, supported by the LGA, are pleased this common-sense decision will not see them having to pay NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts £1.5 billion in unfounded backdated business rates relief nor see them eligible for 80 per cent relief going forward.
“Business rates, alongside council tax, are an extremely important source of income for local government so this would have huge implications for residents and the vital local services they rely on.”