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Rage over tax on empty properties

Liz Peace, chief executive of the British Property Federation, has complained about the Chancellor's decision to keep the empty property rate tax, which taxes empty properties at the same rate as occupied ones:

It is extremely disappointing that the Chancellor has ignored the calls fromsmall businesses, landlords and his own backbenchers to provide some relieffrom this regressive and negative tax, which is choking economic growth andpenalising those already suffering from the wider economic situation.