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MP calls for end to 'unfair tax' on public toilets

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 12, 2013

MP calls for end to 'unfair  tax' on public toilets

MP Dan Rogerson

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The MP for North Cornwall has called on the Government to scrap the charging of business rates on public toilets to help keep more conveniences open and free to use.

Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson has tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling on the Government to make public toilets exempt from business rate charges, to help keep more public toilets open and to keep them free to use. Town and parish councils that are in charge of public toilets are obliged to pay business rates for them.

Whilst some smaller parish councils can claim small business rate relief to get out of paying the charges, scrapping business rates for public toilets would make the system simpler and would cover all town and parish councils.

Mr Rogerson said: "Removing this unfair tax on parish councils and communities would help make public toilets cheaper to run, leading to more toilets staying open and remaining free to use."

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  • josdave  |  July 12 2013, 4:22PM

    How can anyone possibly charge business rates for something that is free to use?

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  • rags_n_bones  |  July 12 2013, 1:30PM

    Well i never knew that... Town and parish councils that are in charge of public toilets are obliged to pay business rates for them.

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