The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the British Toilets Association (BTA) recently met and both organisations are committed to ending the toilet tax (the business rate levy) on public conveniences owned or run by local (parish and town) councils – once and for all.
Both organisations were sorely disappointed that the Non Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill did not make it past committee stage in the House of Lords in September last year due to the pro-rogation of parliament – despite unanimous cross party support in the House of Lords. This follows the local government finance bill of 2016 also falling due to a lack of parliamentary time.
Meanwhile local councils taking on the management of public conveniences have saved these vital local assets from closure (helping meet one of BTA’s key strategic aims of keeping public conveniences open) – but in so doing have notched-up between them several hundreds of thousands of pounds of costs of business rate charges for the privilege. The Government committed in the Budget of 2018 to end the toilet tax from 1 April 2020 and it is about time this happened.
Help NALC and BTA secure more evidence as to why your council needs an end to the toilet tax by taking 5 minutes to complete this simple survey by 17:00 on Friday 1 May 2020.