Local business owners joined us in Grantham last Friday to raise awareness of our Freeze Business Rates campaign. As we have previously mentioned, business rates went up by 4.6 per cent in 2011 and 5.6 per cent in 2012, and they are set to rise by a further 2.6 per cent in April.
One of those joining us was Jo Churchill, of SLS Scaffolding. She said Grantham was in a perfect location for those who want to commute to Nottingham, Peterborough, and London, but empty shops do not generate a feel-good factor. This is not encouraging people to come and live there. When I mentioned to her that if this latest increase is implemented in April, there will have been a rise of almost 13 per cent in three years, she said, “Have any of us seen our business incomes go up by 13 per cent in that time? We haven’t. We can’t keep penalising people who are trying to earn a living by grinding them into the ground.” Continue Reading
The headline findings from the YouGov survey commissioned by the TaxPayers’ Alliance are as follows:
Despite those misunderstandings – which suggest that the public do not appreciate the full burden of government spending and taxes – most still believe that taxes and spending are too high, and do not expect the government to be able to afford pensioner benefits at their current level by the time they come to retire:
The Fiscal Factbook is a handy pocket-sized guide to how much the government takes from us in taxes, how that money is then spent and how much we really owe.
The 28-page booklet contains a number of eye-catching graphics to explain a variety startling statistics which every taxpayer should know.
Comment on the polling and release of the Fiscal Factbook, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“Politicians have spent decades tinkering with our tax system and making it more and more complicated and opaque.”Far too many people now do not understand how much they are paying and why there is so much pressure on their living standards. But they do understand that the tax burden has got well out of hand. The belief that the Government can or should continue to spend more of our money is now confined to a radical fringe.”Politicians of all parties need to set out strategic reforms to create a much more open and honest tax system that leaves more money in people’s pockets.”
The Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) teamed up with local business owners in Loughborough today to call for a freeze in business rates.
After rises of 4.6 per cent in 2011 and 5.6 per cent in 2012, they argue that the proposed 2.6 per cent hike in business rates from 1st April poses a serious threat to the continued existence of shops in Loughborough’s town centre, which could not only lead to reduced consumer choice, but also destroy jobs. Continue Reading
As reported in the Telegraph and the South Yorkshire Times today the failed South Yorkshire Digital Regional scheme is to be offloaded to the private sector at a cost of £1.3 million to the taxpayer. Doncaster Council took the decision yesterday to transfer ownership of the failed network from four local governments – Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and Barnsley – to the private sector company Bouygue Energy and Services based in France because it is cheaper than shutting down the network completely. Continue Reading
Supporters from throughout Cardiff and South Wales joined our Mash Beer Tax event in the Welsh Capital on Tuesday night. The gathering included students from Cardiff University who all raised beer mats at the appropriately named Queens Vaults, Cardiff City Centre. The students, like those at the Exeter, Bristol and Nottingham events, find themselves frustrated at the prospect of tax increases on one of their few pleasures.
The event in Cardiff not only allowed for a voicing of concerns at ever increasing taxes but also for Mr Jon Barrett the owner of JW Barrett pubs to voice his direct concern. “Pubs across the country are being savaged by more regulation and higher taxes”, he said. “Higher taxes on beer are also isolating some of the most vulnerable in society as they struggle to meet with people in their local communities”
Similar concerns were raised by Caerphilly resident Mr John Evans. “Higher taxes on beer are threatening customer confidence. It is well known that breweries are cutting down on the alcohol content in their products just to avoid higher levies, this proving to be a raw deal for all concerned”
Those present were also shown the mashbeertax.org facility on smart phones allowing attendees to contact their local MP and voice their concerns. This was something many of them had never done before and remarked how easy it was.
Make sure you write to your MP using mashbeertax.org and let them know your views.