During a report on BBC News yesterday, it was highlighted just how crippling Business Rates can be.
When Ian Shaw lost his job, he decided to open his own Fish & Chip Shop in Rochdale. Unfortunately, after 18 months, he is being forced to close because of crippling costs. Mr Shaw pays £10,000 in rent for his business premises and a massive £18,722 in Business Rates. He told BBC News:
If I can’t make it work, no-one’s going to make it work. I have literally put my heart and soul into it.
Responding to the report HS2 Regional Economic Impacts, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“The Government has squandered taxpayers’ money on a cynical attempt to win over the many, many people who think this white elephant is the wrong way to spend tens of billions of pounds of their money.
“If ministers want to develop a new appraisal method for transport projects then they should do that and see how it affects the business case for a range of strategic alternatives. That will help test whether the model is reliable and provide useful evidence about which projects offer the best value for money. Instead they have just decided that this specific project alone will be held to a new standard.
“The report is based on the dodgy assumptions in the Government’s own business case and the additional services they have promised, despite their budget actually relying on cuts to existing services.
“This is not a serious attempt to assess the merits of HS2, just another expensive propaganda exercise. The Government must scrap HS2 and look again at less grandiose, but better value, projects that can deliver the capacity needed on Britain’s rail network.”
South Gloucestershire taxpayers are being given mixed messages by their council—and it is set to cost them £1.2m across the district. The council wants them to recycle their garden waste but wants to charge them £56 a year for picking it up.
In a surprising move, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is keen to charge local residents £36 to pick up their green bins and a further £20 for a bundle of ten recycling sacks.
‘Residents feel like they are being ambushed into accepting an annual charge which could be as high as £56,’ says an opposition councillor, ‘and which will cut the district’s recycling rate after many years of sustained improvement.’
‘Some people will instead use their black bins to dispose of their garden waste or fly-tip or burn the waste in their back yards,’ he warns. Continue Reading
TPA supporters hit the streets of Beverley last Saturday to talk to local people about our ‘Stamp Out Stamp Duty‘ campaign. Many residents already knew about the campaign thanks to some great media coverage ahead of the campaign day. We were also supported by local estate agents who know first hand how damaging Stamp Duty is.
We have more street stalls planned later this month. The next one is on Wednesday in Birmingham. Supporters are meeting at 12.00 noon in New Street, near BHS.
Next week, on Tuesday 17 September, we are in Leigh-on-Sea. Supporters are meeting on Broadway, near the junction with Victoria Road at 12.00 noon.
Later this month we are also in Guildford. Local supporters are running a street stall from 12.00 noon on Saturday 28 September. The stall will be located on High Street, opposite Marks and Spencer.
If you are in Birmingham, Leigh-on-Sea, or Guildford on those dates, please come along and say hello. If you can spare an hour to help run one of the stalls, please let me know.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report High Speed 2: a review of early programme preparation is a devastating critique of the flawed rail project. We have consistently campaigned against HS2 since it was first proposed.Our previous research has highlighted many of the issues mentioned in the PAC report including the weak business case, hidden costs and absurd assumptions about the value of time spent working on trains.
The TPA will soon publish new research analysing the progress of HS2 and the inherent problems with the project.
Previous research includes:
Responding to the publication of the report, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:
“This devastating report should set the alarm bells ringing at full volume inside the Treasury and the Department for Transport. The business case for HS2 is weaker than ever and the Public Accounts Committee could barely be more damning in its criticism of a project whose value is unproven but which will cost every family in the country thousands of pounds.“Week by week, the calls to ditch this project are getting louder and the sooner that the Government shunts this white elephant into the sidings for good, the better for the taxpayers who will otherwise be saddled with an eye-watering bill.”