Should business rates be scrapped and replaced with a land tax, as the Lib Dems suggest?
Liz Jarvis, writer, editor, and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, says YES.
Nearly a million businesses in the UK have closed in the past three years. Businesses, especially small firms unable to bear the brunt of Brexit uncertainty, are failing, and the demise of the high street is clearly visible all over the country.
Many local business owners have told me that the reason they are forced to close is because of escalating business rates.