Often a source of increasing frustration I believe for many business owners in the past, the issue of commercial rates to local authority. Could someone please enlighten me how local authorities fix their rates, and based on what exactly???

What "services" are provided by local authority, as stated on the local authority demand note?

Can a business legally seek a breakdown of the fixed rate applied upon a business by the local authority?

If anyone can furnish me with clarity on this issue I would be immensely grateful!