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15843334415_dcfd41011e_o_(2).jpgHigh Peak’s Caitlin Bisknell welcomed Labour plans to put small businesses first in line for tax cuts and ensure the tax burden on small firms is lower than under the Tories.

 

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said that Labour’s first Budget would cut business rates for 1.5 million small business properties and then freeze them the following year.

 

On a visit to a small business, Ed Balls published Labour’s plan to deliver a fairer and simpler tax system for small firms.

 

This is part of Labour’s Better Plan for Small Businesses, which includes action to tackle late payment, reducing unnecessary regulation and establishing a British Investment Bank to boost lending to small firms.

 

Over the course of this Parliament the Conservative-led Government is set to have spent more than £7 billion cutting the main rate of corporation tax to the benefit of large companies. But new figures published by Labour today show that since 2010 revenue from business rates has gone up by almost £3 billion and that higher business rates have cost firms an average of £1,500 a year.

 

Labour will lower the tax burden on small businesses with a cut in business rates – worth an average of £400 – rather than going ahead with another cut in corporation tax for large firms.

 

This will benefit 17 small business proprieties for every one business helped by a further cut in corporation tax. And we will look to go even further as we prioritise small businesses for future tax cuts.

 

Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said: “Unleashing the potential of smaller businesses to grow, create more good jobs and raise living standards is a vital part of Labour’s better plan. Because when working people and British businesses succeed Britain succeeds too.

 

“That’s why Labour’s first Budget will back Britain’s small firms and our struggling high streets by cutting business rates. And we will look to go further by putting small businesses first in line for future tax cuts. This is part of our plan to deliver a simpler and fairer tax system for small businesses.

 

“Under the Tories higher business rates have cost firms an average of £1500 a year and are an ever bigger part of their tax burden. So instead of another corporation tax cut for large companies which helps fewer than one in ten firms, we will cut and then freeze business rates for small firms instead. This is the right priority when money is tight. And it will mean that the tax burden on small businesses will be lower with Labour than under the Tories.

 

“As well as cutting business rates our plan will also tackle late payments, reduce unnecessary regulation and boost lending to SMEs who want to grow with a proper British Investment Bank.

 

“Every large business started off as a small business and I want to ensure smaller firms have the support they need to grow, invest, innovate and raise their productivity. Our plan will help small firms create more high skilled, high paid jobs which are vital to raising living standards.”

Caitlin welcomes Labour commitment to prioritise tax cuts for small firms in first Budget

High Peak’s Caitlin Bisknell welcomed Labour plans to put small businesses first in line for tax cuts and ensure the tax burden on small firms is lower than under the...

P1020395.JPGHigh Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristram Hunt on the campaign trail in Buxton.

Local parents, teachers and supporters attended a question and answer session in Buxton to discuss their concerns from the politicisation of OFSTED to lack of funding, excessive teacher workloads and provision of childcare.

The meeting told Caitlin and Tristram that they were concerned and that constant changes to the national curriculum were having a negative impact on children’s education and progression.

Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristram Hunt said: “Teachers need a new deal, and fast.

"We must be to roll back the bureaucracy and make teaching attractive again.  So I will call time the constant tinkering with performance measures, curriculum, assessment criteria and school structures.”

Caitlin Bisknell said “Labour recognises that the workload issue for teachers is one of the greatest killers of progression and commitment in the profession, which is all the more worrying at a time of looming teacher shortages. As someone who has been involved with local schools as a parent and school governor for more than 16 years I am personally very concerned about the increasing workload and pressures which teachers face today.”

Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Education visits Buxton

High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristram Hunt on the campaign trail in Buxton. Local parents, teachers and supporters attended a...

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell has attacked comments by Chancellor George Osborne about High Peak’s Local Plan.

Caitlin said: “Before criticising Labour led High Peak’s Local Plan – he should take a look in his backyard and at the record of the former Tory administration in High Peak who spent four fruitless years trying to develop a joint plan with Derbyshire Dales.

“Three years ago Labour High Peak decided go it alone and to produce its own Local Plan which is now being considered by the Planning Inspectorate following the public enquiry.  

“Meanwhile Mr Osborne’s own Cheshire East Council and Derbyshire Dales, the local authority of his cabinet colleague Patrick McLoughlin have been sent away to do more work and had their plans suspended by the Planning Inspectorate. In Derbyshire Dales case they need to find sites for 2,000 more homes.” she said.

“Here in High Peak despite the confusion caused by the ever changing NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) rules imposed by the Government we have delivered not only a Local Plan, but a neighbourhood plan for Chapel-en-le-Frith too.

“These plans will help to provide much needed housing for local families and halt the sharp decline in house building which under this government has seen housing starts falls to levels not seen since the 1920s.”

Tories wrong about High Peak Local Plan

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell has attacked comments by Chancellor George Osborne about High Peak’s Local Plan. Caitlin said: “Before criticising Labour led High Peak’s Local Plan – he should take a...

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