Jerry Schurder of Gerald Eve, like many rating practitioners, has been pressing now for some time for reform of business rates. This tax (which goes to central government) has been creeping up for may years and has been seen by many in the industry as outdated, both in application and design) keeps being put on the back-burner for reform. In his latest post, Jerry points out an average increase that will hit small retail businesses in April. Yet another stealth tax increase?