A leading expert in the field of Business Rates has slammed the Coalition’s half-baked proposals for empty property rate relief. Jerry Schurder, partner at a leading chartered surveyors and former President of the Rating Surveyors’ Association said they were “a waste of time and deeply flawed.”
At the Autumn Statement, George Osborne proposed that all newly built commercial properties should be exempt from empty property rates for 18 months. A damp squib, considering how vociferously senior coalition figures opposed the tax in opposition. Business Secretary Vince Cable described penalising property owners for their properties being vacant a “a ludicrous situation, completely counterproductive and economically very damaging.” Continue Reading
Well it’s official, Councillor Jason Kitcat, the leader of Brighton & Hove Council, has failed to avoid a strike by GMB refuse collectors and street cleaners. For residents of Brighton & Hove it could be time to hold their noses during these hot summer days. Continue Reading
The temperature is rising in Bristol over the Mayor’s controversial plans to impose Residents’ Parking Zones (RPZ) across the city. Traders in Gloucester Road are banding together and threatening to withhold their Business Rates unless Mayor George Ferguson acts on their concerns.
Local butcher Tom Murray is furious at the proposed RPZ, which will add overhead costs of £240 per year for each business permit and £500 for each customer permit. ‘We’ve had a hit where the banks didn’t support local businesses for many years,’ he says, ‘and then we get conditions of RPZ that’s going to seriously effect small businesses.’ Continue Reading
Commenting on this morning’s select committee report on the Severn Barrage, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:
“It is good news that the Committee has rejected the latest proposal for an enormously expensive Severn Barrage. It would be a woeful deal for the country and a terrible burden on families already struggling with their energy bills. Another major official study into the feasibility of the project would be a ridiculous waste of taxpayers’ money, so soon after the last one.”
I have been very busy of late travelling the length and breadth of the country meeting TPA supporters. In just the last few weeks, we have set-up new branches in Birmingham, Islington, East Kent, Brighton, Coventry & Warwickshire, Colchester, and Sheffield. There are also more in the pipeline. I have spoken to people in many other places and I will be arranging more supporter social evenings across the country to help bring people together. A big thank you goes to supporters who have volunteered their services.
We don’t want to stop there though. If there isn’t a TPA branch near you, then why not help form one yourself? You will have our full support and I will also send you a copy of our new ‘Grassroots Campaigner’s Handbook’. The handbook is packed full of useful information on how to set-up a new TPA branch and guides you through the process in easy steps. Continue Reading