Government’s disappointing response to business rates petition
HM Treasury have responded to the recent business rates petition set up by NDNA member Victoria Whitty calling on Government to scrap business rates for nurseries and make them zero VAT rated.
While the Government’s response talked about some relief available for small businesses it did not recognise the challenges facing the sector and there was no promise of any respite for nurseries.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “Naturally this is a really disappointing response from the Government who are failing to recognise the pressures their own policies are placing on nurseries across England. They have a chance in the Budget to provide some much needed respite for childcare providers who are facing rising costs and inadequate funding.
“The fact that they referred to Nursery Schools which are mainly council run so are not covered by this tax shows that officials simply don’t understand the sector.
“This response is not where the story ends. NDNA and our members have worked hard to make the case for Business Rate relief for nurseries in Scotland and now Wales where the respective governments have recognised the importance of the sector in delivering high quality, accessible childcare. We will continue pushing for this unfair and outdated tax to be removed from nurseries in England.”
Read the full response here.