An extra tax on big supermarkets would hit the poorest families hardest, the Government has said.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has rejected calls from 20 local authorities for a new levy on supermarkets to help revitalise local shopping areas.
"Imposing new, additional taxes on supermarkets will push up the price of food and the cost of living, hitting low-income families the hardest," a DCLG spokesman said.
He said there were "much better ways to support small shops".
More top news
It's all going on tonight - as belt of rain sweeps from in from the west - lively downpours will mean rumbles of thunder and hail
A baby boy, born yesterday into a disaster zone, has not yet been given a name as his family and his village wait for help.
Many survivors of the Nepal earthquake still desperately await basic practical help and the shadow of a health crisis looms large.