The Petition of persons concerned by the increase in business rates,
Declares that with small businesses and entrepreneurs already struggling to survive in the current economic climate, a rise in business rates will have a severe impact. Notes that business rates set for April 2010 have been subject to a revaluation process based upon inflated rental values in 2008 and further notes that Northern Ireland has deferred business rate changes this year.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon the Government to stop these damaging business rate increases.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. David Burrowes.]