Schools fear business rate rise will be 'breaking point'

A sharp rise in schools' business rates could push some budgets beyond breaking point, say head teachers' leaders.

 

Business rates, charged on property in England, are due to change in April for the first time in seven years.

 

Calculations by consultancy Gerald Eve suggest changes to the rateable value of schools mean some will face 40% bill increases.

 

The government said its own figures suggested state schools overall would see a 2% fall in rates.

 

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