Lib Dems demand tax cuts for small businesses in Sandwell

Lib Dems call for tax cuts for 4,200 small businesses in Sandwell

  • Ahead of Small Business Saturday, local Lib Dems called for small businesses in Sandwell to be given a tax cut, saving them an average of £5,000.

  • The tax cut would help businesses including local restaurants suffering from Christmas cancellations following new Covid restrictions

  • Figures reveal hit to businesses in Sandwell from Conservative National Insurance tax rise

Liberal Democrats have called for taxes to be slashed on small businesses. Local Liberal Democrats have backed the proposals which would benefit 3,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs in Sandwell, from cafes and restaurants to high street shops.

The proposed tax cut would save small businesses an average of £5,000 a year by aiding them with staff costs. It would be achieved by quadrupling the Employment Allowance to £16,000 for a period of two years. This would allow a small business to employ five people on an average salary without paying any National Insurance contributions. 1.1 million businesses would be eligible for this tax cut, which would save them an estimated £5.5 billion next year.

It comes as a record number of small businesses say they are struggling with rising costs whilst new Covid restrictions loom, according to a recent survey by the Federation of Small Businesses. Local restaurants have also reported a surge in Christmas bookings being cancelled, setting owners back thousands of pounds. 

Meanwhile, the Conservatives have announced small businesses will have to pay more National Insurance contributions in the new year, despite facing a tough winter. Research by the House of Commons Library has shown the Conservative plans are set to hit an estimated 3,000 local businesses in Sandwell with a 7.2 million pound tax bombshell.

Mark Smith spokesperson for Sandwell Liberal Democrats, said:

“Our local shops and restaurants are the backbone of our community and must be helped through a tough winter. Businesses in Sandwell are struggling with mounting bills and worries about the impact of the new Covid variant in the coming weeks. We need to help them now with a big and bold offer.

“It is disgraceful that local businesses in our area are being forced to pay even more tax by this Conservative government. We should help small businesses who have already suffered so much during the pandemic. That is why I am backing calls for our local businesses to receive a tax cut.”

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