Of course it’s right that retailers pay their share towards local services, and no one’s arguing with that. But there is a huge imbalance between what physical retailers pay and the minimal rates paid by the online giants on their warehouses. That might have made sense in 2015 when retail rents were at their peak and warehouses hadn’t become the epicentres of online retail they are today. But it doesn’t make sense any more.
There needs to be a levelling of the playing field between stores and online, which as well as reform of rates should also include a tax