The iO is part of an alliance of 15 other healthcare professions, who are committed to lobby for a review of provision of Business Rates Relief for those operating in the private healthcare sector, which is currently exempt from such reliefs.
Most private practices have been severely impacted by the social distancing restrictions imposed, leading to a dramatic fall of income despite fixed costs such as rates that still need to be paid.
The latest cross-profession letter to the Chancellor was sent yesterday (12 May). In addition to writing to the Chancellor, the alliance has briefed the Treasury and Business select committee chairs and key opposition spokespeople. The latest lobbying follows previous multi-profession lobbying covering access to other forms of financial support for private practitioners and the self-employed.
A petition has also been launched with reference to Business Rates Relief and the request to extend this provision to all small businesses in healthcare. The petition can be signed here.