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“We will scrap business rates to breathe new life into high streets in Crawley” says Liberal Democrat Candidate, Khalil Yousuf

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to scrap business rates and replace them with a landowner levy, to “breathe new life” into high streets in Crawley.

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The party say they would replace business rates with a commercial landowner levy, based on the value of the land only.

This they say would take the cost off businesses and help support high streets.

The proposals would cut taxes for businesses by 4% in Crawley.

By taxing landowners rather than businesses, half a million small businesses across the country would be spared the burden of property taxation.

Liberal Democrat candidate Khalil Yousuf said:

“Many retailers and small businesses in Crawley are under pressure from economic uncertainty, the rise of online retail and the burden of business rates.

“Yet this Conservative government is failing to get to grips with the crisis facing our high streets. Time and again they have promised reviews of business rates but have failed to take action.

“The Liberal Democrats will shift the tax burden from tenants to landlords, so we can breathe new life back into our high streets. We will stop Brexit and build a brighter future, giving local businesses the certainty and support they need to thrive.”

Henry Smith

Henry Smith: Getting Brexit Done in Parliament

In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about finally getting Brexit done.

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After three and a half years, which included one referendum, two general elections, and the British people’s clear decision on each of these occasions, last night in the House of Commons I joined my Conservative colleagues in voting for the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill at its third reading, which passed by 330 votes to 231.

This means the Bill has completed its progress through the Commons and now heads to the House of Lords.

This legislation will ensure that the UK ceases to be an EU member at 11pm on 31st January; the EU Communities Act 1972 will be repealed and we will enter the implementation period.

It is time for our nation to focus on other priorities. The Chancellor’s first Budget will take place in March, and will set out this Government’s plans to unleash Britain’s potential.

These include tackling the cost of living for hard-working people, delivering world-class public services like our NHS and investing in green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions.

At the start of 2020 we can make sure that we enjoy a decade of renewal – let’s take this opportunity and make the most of it.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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