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Petition launched for rates relief

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By Georgina Mills

The BVA is encouraging vets and vet professionals to get behind a petition urging the government to grant business rates relief to human and animal healthcare providers affected by Covid-19.

The petition, which is being led by the British Dental Association, calls on the government to allow community-based healthcare services – including vet practices, dentists and physiotherapists – access to the same financial support offered to other high street businesses that have been struggling under lockdown.

If it achieves over 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for a debate in parliament.

In mid-March, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that businesses in England in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare …

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