‘Scrap business rates’

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UKIP’s Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Councillor David Jones has called for the scrapping of business rates and their replacement with a profits tax.

“With the news that one in six High Street properties in Northern Ireland are now vacant, the time has come for a serious look at the scrapping of the business rates system,” he said.

“The only fair way to tax any business is to tax its profits.”