Bristol councillors vote against supermarket levy

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A "shop tax" on supermarkets and large retail outlets in Bristol has been rejected by councillors.

Bristol City Council politicians voted against the retail levy which called for an 8.5% charge on stores with a rateable value of £500,000.

Green councillors supported the tax and argued the money raised would have been reinvested back into the high street.

The large retail levy has been an option for councils since the Sustainable Communities Act of 2007.

Councillors had been recommended to vote against the levy.

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