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Accountancy firm calls for rate relief for businesses affected by UK rail disruption

07/06/2018 News Team

The UK Government should compensate businesses that have lost customers and earnings due to severe disruption on British railways, accounting, tax and advisory practice Blick Rothenberg has said. 

Andy Sanford, a partner at the firm, said that the current train "debacle" will have cost businesses thousands of pounds in lost sales and earnings because people in many areas including those in the North will not have been able to get to shops and offices. 

"As things stand these businesses will not be compensated by the rail companies for loss of footfall so perhaps at a time of high rate bills the Government should consider a transitioning rate for all those businesses that have been unduly affected by the timetable changes,” Mr Sanford said.

He added that whilst clearly businesses would need to be able to show that they had missed out during this period, but if they could then "the Government should step in and give them a rate relief which could take the form of a short term transitional relief."

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