A Kirklees MP is backing councillors’ demands for an inquiry in to business rates.
Councillors have claimed Kirklees businesses have suffered due to cancellation of the revaluation of business rates.
Property valuations were last done in 2008 before the recession, leading to inflated rates during a long period of austerity.
A rates revaluation project expected in 2013 was shelved with no explanation.
During a council debate last week there were cross-party calls for Kirklees to hold an inquiry to the impact on local businesses.
Kirklees leader, Cllr David Sheard, said he would welcome such an inquiry as businesses in the north would, it was estimated, now pay 40% less in business rates had the revaluation taken place, and would have been paying a reduced sum for some time.
Now Batley and Spen MP, Jo Cox, has spoken out after tabling a motion in Parliament calling for government action.
Mrs Cox has led calls for the government to reverse the damage done by a cancelled rates revaluation.
She said: “Businesses and traders in Batley and Spen have been paying overly high rates during the most difficult, depressed climate.
“Present business rates are based on valuations done before the banks crashed our economy.
“Many rents have been reduced to reflect the post-crash market but the business rates have not followed suit.
“This has benefited businesses in London and the south east but has been detrimental to businesses here in the north.
“I hope councillors will launch an inquiry into this issues so we can establish just how badly local businesses have been disadvantaged by the government.
"I hope also that the council will identify ways it can support businesses, to make up for the lack of support from the government.”