Peter Dunphy has campaigning across a number of areas to help local businesses particularly those left out of government COVID-19 relief schemes.
- The Raise the Bar Campaign to increase the rateable value threshold (from 50 to 150K) for businesses to apply for rate relief grants. This is particularly harsh on London businesses where rateable values are higher. This initiative backed by the GLA has now been adopted by the City after lobbying by Peter and other members of the Council.
- The City of London is now backing a campaign supported by Peter to include independent healthcare businesses within support schemes. these businesses which include dentists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and osteopaths have endured enforced closure and government rules that exclude them from relief schemes. This is unfair and must change.
- Support for serviced office users without rateable value calculations. These businesses pay rates indirectly through their service charges yet are excluded from rate relief schemes. We are lobbying the government for more help as well as asking serviced office providers to be as helpful as possible to their licence holders.
- Licensed premises have been closed down but under current legislation the local authority is obliged to continue to charge fees and levies including the late night levy even though no activity is possible. Again we are seeking a change in this legislation to allow a reversal of these charges.
For more information about these campaigns get in touch with Peter Dunphy