Heather Jameson 13 January 2014

Cameron pledges business rate boost for fracking

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Councils who approve local sites for fracking will be allowed to keep all the business rates from the venture, the Prime Minister has announced.

The increase from the usual 50% is an incentive to local authorities to sign up to the shale gas schemes – but environmental charity Greenpeace has accused the government of trying to ‘bribe councils’.

Fracking – or ‘hydraulic fracturing – has met with stiff opposition and protests from local residents where it has been proposed.

According to Whitehall estimates, the change to business rate rules will mean a further £1.7m a year revenue for cash-strapped councils.

Can local government learn to love fracking? See the opinion piece on The MJ's website

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