by Lib Dem team on 30 November, 2015
Keith Holloway has attacked Conservative plans to make small traders pay £1,000 more tax from next year.
“For some shops on our high streets, a thousand pounds makes a real difference. The Conservatives have not touched the big boys, but are happy to take money from small village traders struggling to stay afloat.” he said.
George Osborne has ended the business rate relief for small retailers that allowed struggling shops to save £1,000 in the year to March 2015 and £1,500 in the current financial year.
The Mail on Sunday is reporting that Mary Portas and retail veteran Bill Grimsey expressed their frustration with the Government, which has saved £417m with the move.
“With some big businesses paying pitiful taxes, how about supporting the people who impact on our real life communities?” Ms Portas asked, while Mr Grimsey said: “There is no interest in small retail businesses surviving or what might happen to town centres. The Government is burying the subject.”
“The Liberal Democrats will always fight for the small retailer, the small business and the sole trader,” said Keith.9 Comments