Local shopkeepers joined the TaxPayers' Alliance in Goring-on-Thames yesterday to protest against the latest increase in business rates. 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. Imposing a substantial rates hike for the third year running can only lead to more empty shops on high streets and fewer chances of work, especially for young people.
Here are few things you can do to help us win this campaign:
- Write to your MP. We've made it quick and easy for you. Just visit freezebusinessrates.org
- Write to your local newspaper to raise awareness of the campaign. Make sure you mention freezebusinessrates.org.
- Post a link to freezebusinessrates.org on Facebook and Twitter
- Join one of our protests. We have more protests planned this week in Southend-on-Sea, Loughborough, and Grantham. E-mail me for more details.
Please do whatever you can do to help. It does make a difference.