Chancellor Alistair Darling confirmed in today's Budget that firms will be able to spread the payment of the April 2009 inflation up-rating to business rates over three years.
But HTA business development head Tim Briercliffe said: "Our view is that this is not going to help our members very much. It just delays a cost. You can put it off until next year but that relies on still having income next year. It would have been better to have a more significant discount or reduction to help business through these difficult times."
Business ratepayers are now able to defer around £700m across 1.8 million properties.
The Budget also extended further support to loss-making businesses by extending the enhanced loss relief announced in the 2008 Pre-Budget Report for an additional year and expanding HM Revenue & Customs' Business Payment Support Service.