||<p>We recently conducted a consultation on our approach to the implementation of 100%
Business Rates Retention. There were over 450 responses from local authorities, businesses
interests and other organisations. My officials are currently considering these and
we will publish a summary of the responses and our proposed way forward in due course.
In the meantime, we will continue close collaboration with local government in taking
this work forward, including through the Business Rates Retention Steering Group,
which is jointly chaired by the Local Government Association and the Department for
Communities and Local Government.</p><p>The Steering Group was established to consider
the mechanisms needed to set up and run the new business rates system, as well as
the timetable and implementation of the reforms. It oversees the work of a set of
technical working groups, each looking at particular aspects of the reforms. The Group
meets on a regular basis and has done so on 6 occasions since April 2016. All papers
for meetings are published here: <a href="http://www.local.gov.uk/business-rates"