Empty Property Rates (SMEs)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 11th January 2012.

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Photo of Rebecca Harris Rebecca Harris Conservative, Castle Point 11:00 am, 11th January 2012

On fairness, one of the small business owners in Castle Point said that he would be very happy to pay tax on income that he was earning. He supports local businesses; he often has very good deals to help local businesses to get going; and he contributes enormously to the local community and local economy. He says that he would be delighted to pay even more on income that he was genuinely receiving, but he feels that it is incredibly unfair to be penalised when a property is empty.