Business Rates

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:06 pm on 4th December 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health) 5:06 pm, 4th December 2013

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to set out the problems faced by small businesses. I have spoken to small businesses in my constituency across Tameside and Stockport. Many of them say that business rates are a major worry, not least because transitional relief is set to end in April next year. Does he agree that one reason why setting our proposal at £50,000 is absolutely right is that it allows small businesses to grow without getting clobbered by a massive business rates hike?