16/03/09 – Labour’s Business Rates Hikes Condemned
At a time when our country is in recession, our Labour MPs, Michael
Wills and Anne Snelgrove, are claiming to be doing all they can to help
local residents and businesses survive and saying that this is a
“global problem”. Unfortunately, despite their protests, this is far
from being the truth.
From April 1st, the failing Labour
government is dealing a hard blow to local businesses at the worst
possible time by hiking business rates by 5%. The chancellor
acknowledges this and refuses to do anything, but can find plenty of
money to continue bailing out the banks.
From the same date, the
Labour government will end an exemption which allows schools,
hospitals, charities and the financial sector to employ temporary
workers without paying VAT on their wages. Under the new rules, they
will have to pay VAT at 15 per cent on the wages of all temporary and
agency workers they take on. The Government is sleep-walking into
creating a tax on jobs at the worst possible time.
Cllr Dale Heenan
Coleview, Covingham & Nythe Ward
Swindon Advertiser Letters Page 16/03/09