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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the level of public sector employment in the borough of Hastings; and if he will include that borough in the districts which are to be part of the three-year scheme to exempt businesses from up to £5,000 of class one employer national insurance contributions.
Information on public sector employment using National Accounts definitions is not available at borough level.
The regional employer National Insurance holiday for new businesses is targeted at those regional labour markets most reliant on public sector employment. Labour markets generally extend much more widely than borough boundaries. For this reason, and for reasons of administrative practicality, eligibility for the holiday will be defined by region.
However, all businesses will benefit from increased NICs threshold and cut in corporation tax.