900 businesses in Rochdale failed to pay business rates

Date published: 17 October 2017

Close to 900 (14%) businesses in Rochdale have been hauled before magistrates for failure to pay rates tax.

An investigation by CVS shows that last year, 897 businesses in Rochdale were brought before magistrates for non-payment of their business rates tax, fuelling claims that the current system is criminalising struggling businesses.

The data reveals that 14% businesses across Rochdale received a summons to appear before a Magistrate in the last financial year and that already, in the first five months of the 2017 financial year (April – September), a further 353 have already been summonsed to court.


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