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Grassroots sports clubs bracing themselves for Budget announcement

By Matthew Campelli    07 Mar 2017
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Several grassroots sports clubs may have to close down if the chancellor doesn’t extend business rate relief during tomorrow’s Budget announcement (8 March), according to the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

The industry body has called on Philip Hammond to announce an extension of the rate relief scheme enjoyed by some organisations to sport clubs, or a form of “transitional assistance” guarding grassroots clubs from rising business rates.

While rateable values are usually reviewed every five years, the last instance occurred in 2010 as the government decided to delay the 2015 revaluation.

As a result increases are due to come into effect in April 2017 and will be “much sharper” according to the Alliance.

“Not all sports clubs are currently eligible for rate relief and a wide range of clubs, such as riding schools, will be impacted,” said Alliance parliamentary and policy officer Charlotte Adams.

“The worst case scenario is that some clubs may end up being forced to close unless the government provides further assistance.”

Hammond may also reveal more details about the corporation tax relief scheme for grassroots sport originally ushered in by George Osborne, his predecessor.

The Alliance has requested that the reforms should enable governing bodies to claim relief for grassroots expenditure spread over several years, and that reforms should “apply to a wide variety of different governing body structures that exist”.

Philip Hammond  Sport and Recreation Alliance  Budget  grassroots sport 
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