Valuation Office Agency must face the challenge of rates checks

Despite some valid criticisms of and difficulties with the new appeal regulations for business rates, a total of 100,740 non-domestic properties in England – including shops, offices, pubs and public sector buildings – had started the process of a formal appeal by the end of the second quarter of this year. That number is historically low, although it was pleasing to see that the volume of both registered and settled checks – the first stage of a formal appeal under the ‘check, challenge, appeal’ process – rose in the quarter ending 30 June compared with the previous three months. But