Published: 14th Jan 2020

A government minister has pledged there will be a ‘fundamental and wide-ranging review of business rates’ as the department store chain Beales warns it could collapse into administration. Speaking during a debate in the House of Commons, the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry said ‘everything is going to be reviewed’ in the joint review, which will be conducted by the Treasury and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. ‘All ideas, from all sides of the House, about how we improve the health of our high streets and our business community more generally, will certainly be taken on board,’ said Mr Berry. The debate came as Beales warned its 22 stores around the country and 1,000 jobs were at risk if it could not find a buyer. ‘At the moment, in my view councils really don’t care,’ Beales ‘chief executive Tony Brown told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. ‘They … (To read the full article, subscribe below)