The Future High Streets Forum has called for an independent review into changes to the business rates system.

The forum, which met last month, claims measures such as the 2% cap on the RPI increase to rates bills in 2014-15, announced in December, do not go far enough.

“I think it’s really important that any new system the government looks at is based on an independent review because whatever happens there are bound to be losers as well as winners,” said James Lowman, CEO of the ACS, who is spearheading the proposals.

The different sides in the debate have previously clashed over the potential changes, including the idea of rates being based on economic activity rather than property.

Next week, the BRC will present the findings of a report into the potential impact of different rating models. It is expected to claim retailers are hit harder than other sectors.