Some of this Labour policy on business rates is quite good. Bringing back agricultural land into the system makes great sense for example. But this is just nonsense:
In another dramatic reform, Mr Grimsey says business rates, currently charged only on premises used for business purposes – for example, shops – should also be levied to the owners of such properties even if they have nothing to do with the business.
Mr Miliband must ‘consider levying a percentage of the tax on property owners and not just the occupying business,’ he confirms.
Where you claim you are levying the tax has pretty much nothing at all to do with who is really paying it. And business rates are already a tax on landlords: they come directly out of the rent they would receive if there were not business rates.
It’s just ignorance of reality there.