"The Guardian reports that Derby City Council will continue to lobby for support for its proposal to levy higher business rates on large out-of-town retailers despite Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, rejecting the idea as “lazy” and likely to push up the price of food. “This is an all-too-familiar response from a government minister who holds everything local government stands for in contempt,” said council leader Ranjit Banwait. The council said the tax would cost less than 0.1% of supermarket’s income and so would not impact prices. “It is a well-known fact that large retail outlets have a negative impact on local shops, jobs and businesses, while independent retailers ploughed investment back into their local area,” Mr Banwait said."
published in The Guardian