Retail firms will see business rates increase by \u00a3186.45 next April for the year 2019\/20, according to real estate advisor Altus Group.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSeptember\u2019s Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation, announced on 17 October at 2.4% will determine business rate rises in England for the next year. It is its third year under the new revaluation, with the Uniform Business Rate uprated annually for inflation. \r\n\r\nAltus Group predicts business rates bills next year for 2019\/20 will increase by \u00a3728.20m in England overall unless the chancellor announces some changes in the upcoming Autumn Budget. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCPI 2.4%\r\n\r\nInflationary Rise \u00a3m\r\n\r\n\r\nRegion\r\n728.2\r\n\r\n\r\nNorth East\r\n24.72\r\n\r\n\r\nNorth West\r\n77.2\r\n\r\n\r\nYorkshire & Humber\r\n55.13\r\n\r\n\r\nEast Midlands\r\n45.23\r\n\r\n\r\nWest Midlands\r\n59.31\r\n\r\n\r\nEast\r\n66.61\r\n\r\n\r\nLondon\r\n233.98\r\n\r\n\r\nSouth East\r\n108.62\r\n\r\n\r\nSouth West\r\n57.4\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSector\r\n728.2\r\n\r\n\r\nRetail\r\n186.45\r\n\r\n\r\nIndustry\r\n152.9\r\n\r\n\r\nOffice\r\n174.38\r\n\r\n\r\nOther\r\n214.47\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSource: Altus Group \r\n\r\n\r\nThe standard multiplier, which applies to 492,165 larger premises in England who\u2019s rateable value is \u00a351,000 and above, will rise to 50.5p, in England from April next year. This is the first time the tax rate for business rates will have gone above 50% according to Altus Group. When the national business rates system was introduced in 1990, the multiplier was set at 34.8p.\r\n\r\n\r\nBusiness rates bills are calculated by multiplying the property\u2019s rateable value, an estimation of the open market annual rent on 1 April 2015, by the multiplier. The multiplier represents the number of pence in each pound of the rateable value that will be payable in business rates before any reliefs or discounts are applied.\r\n\r\n\r\nChancellor Philip Hammond attempted to appease concerns over last year\u2019s business rates revaluation, with the announcement of a \u00a32.3bn reprieve in his Autumn 2017 Budget by bringing forward plans to switch from the discredited Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure, two years earlier, from April this year. \r\n\r\n\r\nRobert Hayton, head of UK business rates at Altus Group, said: \u201cBusinesses, until this year, have had to endure annual increases at the higher discredited RPI measure. Since 2010, the average rates bill has risen by a fifth through the compound effect of inflation. Our high streets are engulfed in crisis. Brexit uncertainty is hurting both manufacturers and the services industries. \r\n\r\n"It is time for the chancellor to take a step back and support business through an unprecedented stimulus by freezing rate rises next April.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe average business rates bill in England has risen from \u00a311,016.88 during 2010\/11 to \u00a313,156.75 this year up \u00a32,139.87 or 19.4%.