Pubs in shopping centres should be rated as pubs, not shops, he Court of Appeal has ruled û a verdict that could save shopping centre pub owners £150,000 a year.

Shops pay four times as much rates as pubs, and valuation officers have argued that pubs in shopping centres should be rated as shops because potentially they could be put to uses other than pubs.

However, the Court of Appeal rules that premises should be rated on their actual use, not their potential use.

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