Monday 20 February 2017 4:36 pm

Is your company in one of the 15 places hit hardest by business rate rises?

The government has hit back at criticism of a scheduled rise in business rates with a letter to MPs detailing how constituencies will be affected.

The figures show the forecast average change in bill for businesses in each of the UK's 650 constituencies – many of the worst-hit locations are in London. Of the 15 worst-hit sites, just one is situated outside of the capital.

Concerns have been growing among Conservative MPs, with Tory backbencher and Bromley MP Bob Neill telling BBC radio earlier today that businesses should be give more time to adapt.

"I think that the concern is genuine and there are sensible things the government can do to address this," he said.

The list was part of an email from communities secretary Sajid Javid and treasury minister David Gauke, which hit out at "half-truths" and "misinformation" on the expected changes to business rates.

The government has been keen to stress that while the business rate changes will cause some bills to increase, nearly three quarters of firms will see no change or a reduction in their bills.

Read More: City of London braced for £2bn business rate hike

The 15 worst hit areas

MPPartyConstituencyLocal AuthorityAverage change in bills due revaluation 2017
Ian Liddell-GraingerConservativesBridgwater and West SomersetWest Somerset65.80%
Diane AbbottLabourHackney North and Stoke NewingtonHackney31.70%
Meg HillierLabourHackney South and ShoreditchHackney31.70%
Jeremy CorbynLabourIslington NorthIslington30.70%
Emily ThornberryLabourIslington South and FinsburyIslington30.70%
Greg HandsConservativesChelsea and FulhamHammersmith and Fulham22.80%
Andy SlaughterLabourHammersmithHammersmith and Fulham22.80%
Heidi AlexanderLabourLewisham EastLewisham22.60%
Jim DowdLabourLewisham West and PengeLewisham22.60%
Vicky FoxcroftLabourLewisham DeptfordLewisham22.60%
Helen HayesLabourDulwich and West NorwoodLambeth21.80%
Kate HoeyLabourVauxhallLambeth21.80%
Chuka UmunnaLabourStreathamLambeth21.80%
Mark FieldConservativesCities of London and WestminsterCity of London17.30%
Neil CoyleLabourBermondsey and Old SouthwarkSouthwark16.80%

And a few more notable spots…

MPPartyConstituencyLocal AuthorityAverage change in bills due revaluation 2017
Philip HammondConservativesRunnymede and WeybridgeRunnymede13.30%
Philip HammondConservativesRunnymede and WeybridgeElmbridge10.20%
Theresa MayConservativesMaidenheadWokingham10.10%
Theresa MayConservativesMaidenheadWindsor and Maidenhead8.30%

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