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We need to lobby the Government for reassurances about our local authority funding; and that it must match current EU structural payments.
It’s not hard to find reasons to be frustrated with the Government, but we are still delivering for the British people.
In the West Midlands, investment decisions have been deferred. We need to be able to push ahead with new trade arrangements around the globe.
The good news is that it means great potential to increase the housing supply. Bold planning changes are needed.
The Government has enacted a broad range of measures to help companies large and small grow, create jobs, and boost their local economies.
The Chancellor has been fortunate that the public finances have improved substantially at a particularly convenient time.
For councils – unlike others in the public sector – austerity has been real. It is ending. But planning powers are being diminished.
“Under this Conservative Government austerity is coming to an end – but discipline will remain.” – Hammond’s Budget speech, full text
“Now we have reached a defining moment on this, long, hard journey. Opening a new chapter in our country’s economic history.”
Joel Davidson and Amir Sadjady: Bold measures are needed from Hammond next week to save our high streets
Not only are Business Rates too high,but the system of appeals to the Valuation Office is too complicated and remote.
Nevertheless, tax alone won’t solve our challenge. Instead we must reshape the high street experience – as we’re starting to do in the West Midlands.
More statutory activities are being forced on local authorities – without the extra money to pay for them.
It has virtually zero business rates for small firms. The planning system is less skewed towards shopping centres and retail parks.
His TUC account of the harm that some businesses can do should be balanced by one of the good that more do – and by projecting a personal theology of wealth creation.
Big retail hasn’t adapted to the new world of e-commerce after 20 years – and it’s doubtful whether it ever will.