Renewed calls to scrap business rate charges for public toilets

Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall Dan Rogerson has renewed his calls to scrap the charging of business rates on public toilets to help keep more public conveniences open and free to use.

It comes after Cornwall Council announced that they will cease funding for public toilets, and are looking at allowing businesses or individuals to keep conveniences open by combining existing toilet facilities with cafes or holiday homes.

Town and parish councils that take on the running of public toilets are obliged to pay business rates for the toilets they run.

Dan Rogerson today renewed his calls to scrap the charging of business rates on public toilets and said he would once again raise the campaign in Parliament if he is re-elected as MP for North Cornwall.

Mr Rogerson has previously tabled a motion in the House of Commons, calling for a change in the law to make public toilets exempt from business rate charges, to help keep more public toilets open and to keep them free to use.

Whilst some smaller parish councils can claim small business rate relief to get out of paying the charges, scrapping business rates for public toilets would make the system simpler and would cover all town and parish councils.

Commenting, Mr Rogerson said:

“I know how it important it is to local people, businesses and visitors alike that our towns and villages have decent public toilets.

“As all councils are asked to make savings, I think it is right that the law is changed so that town and parish councils aren’t charged business rates on public toilets – after all council-run toilets aren’t businesses.

“Removing this unfair tax on parish councils and communities would help make public toilets cheaper to run, leading to more toilets staying open and remaining free to use.”