Freeze Business Rates protest in Cottingham

December 04, 2012 1:27 PM

The TaxPayers' Alliance joined up with local retailers and councillors in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, this morning to campaign for a freeze in Business Rates. With the Chancellor of the Exchequer due to give his Autumn Statement tomorrow afternoon, independent shopkeepers sent George Osborne and MPs a message: business rates are crippling our businesses; give us a break and freeze business rates.

Throughout the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Humberside this morning, traders told their stories. The landlord of the King William IV pub said he was paying £18,000 a year in rates, and for that he doesn't even get his bins emptied. Jennifer Todd, a local florist, doesn't know how she will cope will further increases in business rates, and Judy Newlove, who runs 'Sugar 'n' Spice Cakes' in the village said she had opened up another branch of her business in Hull. Amazingly, she pays more in business rates for her shop in Hull than she does in rent!

It is not too late to get involved in the campaign. Go to freezebusinessrates.org to send a letter to your MP, and get your friends and family to do the same. If you use Twitter, tweet the link to this blog to your followers. If you use Facebook, post this blog to your wall, and ask your Facebook friends to visit freezebusinessrates.org.

Traders I spoke to this morning are typical of local traders throughout the country. Tell your MP local businesses need a break; freeze business rates.

The TaxPayers' Alliance joined up with local retailers and councillors in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, this morning to campaign for a freeze in Business Rates. With the Chancellor of the Exchequer due to give his Autumn Statement tomorrow afternoon, independent shopkeepers sent George Osborne and MPs a message: business rates are crippling our businesses; give us a break and freeze business rates.

Throughout the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Humberside this morning, traders told their stories. The landlord of the King William IV pub said he was paying £18,000 a year in rates, and for that he doesn't even get his bins emptied. Jennifer Todd, a local florist, doesn't know how she will cope will further increases in business rates, and Judy Newlove, who runs 'Sugar 'n' Spice Cakes' in the village said she had opened up another branch of her business in Hull. Amazingly, she pays more in business rates for her shop in Hull than she does in rent!

It is not too late to get involved in the campaign. Go to freezebusinessrates.org to send a letter to your MP, and get your friends and family to do the same. If you use Twitter, tweet the link to this blog to your followers. If you use Facebook, post this blog to your wall, and ask your Facebook friends to visit freezebusinessrates.org.

Traders I spoke to this morning are typical of local traders throughout the country. Tell your MP local businesses need a break; freeze business rates.

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