22 June 2001
Rate relief deadline approaching

By Fwi staff

RURAL businesses which need to apply for relief from business rates because of foot-and-mouth have less than 10 days to do so.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is urging companies which need the help to get in their application before the 30 June deadline.

A spokesman said that businesses should seize what could be a vital lifeline in their struggle to survive.

It has been reported that money allocated by the government to local authorities to fund rate reductions to businesses affected by the disease have not been fully taken up in many districts, he said.

In the meantime, the CLA is urging the government to extend the deadline for a little longer.

It argues that the countryside is still gripped by the biggest epidemic of foot-and-mouth ever recorded in the developed world.

While there are continuing outbreaks of the disease, it seems only reasonable for the government to extend the scheme for another three months to six months.

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