Labour pledges to save local businesses in East Hull

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Karl Turner is concerned about the effect of business rate revaluation on businesses in Hull

It is a great tragedy that businesses who have formed part of East Hull’s trade for many years could be forced to relocate due to rising rates and Tory mismanagement. In particular, the business rates revaluation due to come into effect on 1 April has left many small businesses in East Hull at risk of going under.

Here in East Hull, we know that our businesses play a vital role in our dynamic and vibrant local landscape – not least in providing employment and opportunities. And yet, at the moment, many are just about surviving.

It is clear that businesses  have been let down by this Conservative Government. From delaying the revaluation to their failure to put adequate transitional arrangements in place, the Government have mishandled this whole process, and should provide immediate emergency relief to stop thousands of businesses going under.

Labour is therefore calling for a complete overhaul of business taxation to create the conditions for enterprises of all sizes to prosper.

Our five point plan on business rates will help local businesses survive the Tories’ devastating revaluation of business rates – including setting up an emergency transitional relief fund for businesses facing “cliff edge” increases in their rates; revising the appeals process to ensure businesses get a fair hearing; bringing forward CPI indexation so that businesses aren’t paying more because of inflation; excluding new investment in plant and machinery from future business rates valuation; introducing more regular valuations to stop businesses facing periodic, unmanageable hikes; and implementing a fundamental reform of the business rates system to better reflect the structure of the retail sector in the age of online shopping (reviewing the inclusion of the NHS and schools).

Additionally, my colleagues, the Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, will be holding an emergency roundtable discussion with leading business organisations, including the Federation of Small Business, the British Retail Consortium, and the British Chamber of Commerce.

East Hull businesses are fed up of the business rates rollercoaster – they need stability and fairness to be at the heart of the Government’s business rates agenda.

That’s why Labour are working closely with business to radically reform our business taxation system so it is fit for the 21st Century” and serves best the interests of East Hull.

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Combined Womens’ Action Group Make a Big Impression in Parliament

On Tuesday, hundreds of women born in the 50’s and early 60’s marched on Parliament for a mass lobby of their MPs to make their voices heard over unfair changes to their state pension ages.

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Campaigners outside Parliament (Photo Credit – Patrick Daly)

I was pleased to welcome a delegation of women from my constituency who told me how the changes would affect them and how their plans for retirement have been scuppered with the acceleration of changes to the state pension age.

Tuesday’s lobby of Parliament by women born in the 1950s shows the strength of feeling towards the government over the unfair changes to their state pension.

Women born in the 1950s have been left high and dry by this change and the government have washed their hands of the matter. If ministers and secretaries of state have received even half the correspondence I have had on this issue they then surely they will sit up and take note. Instead it seems that the government has buried its head in the sand.

The campaign now hopes to build on the success of the lobby of parliament and will seek to increase awareness of the unfair changes and for government to come up with alternative measures.

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Karl Turner addressing the delegation from East Hull