Business Rates - Giving small businesses a chance.

On Monday Danny Alexander launched the most wide-ranging review of national business rates in a generation - paving the way for changes to how businesses across England pay the tax.


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5 Point Economic Plan

The Liberal Democrats on Monday set out plans to build a stronger economy, with a target of making the UK the largest economy in Europe by 2035.

Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick told an event at The Crystal, in Royal Victoria Docks: “When the Liberal Democrats took the decision to step up to the plate and enter government in May 2010, Britain’s economy was on the brink. It may not feel like it now but we could have been Greece. In 2010, their deficit was 11% of GDP, ours was 10%. Britain desperately needed stability and the Liberal Democrats provided that by forming the only Government capable of delivering it: a strong, stable coalition government. Since then we have led an extraordinary success story. We now have one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world.”

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A corner turned?

The No. 99 bus could serve nearly 200 properties in Drimpton and Greenham. The bus company has always said that the corner at Crewkerne Road made this impossible. New road markings mean the bus can now take that corner safely. District Council Candidate Eddie Gerrard has started a campaign to get this bus back!


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Naming and Shaming

Failing to pay the minimum wage is illegal and unacceptable. Yesterday, the Department for Business named and shamed 70 employers who have ignored the rules.

Between them these 70 employers owed workers a total of over £157,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £70,000. This brings the number of companies named and shamed to 163 in total.


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Corporation Tax - about time.

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced details of a plan to raise an extra £1bn from a supplementary corporation tax charge applied to banks to help finish the job of eliminating the deficit.

The supplementary charge will be in addition to the existing Bank Levy. The Lib Dems will push for this measure to be included in the forthcoming budget. If resisted by the Conservatives, then the proposal will be in the party's manifesto.



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Britain: Zero Carbon by 2015

Plans to double the UK’s production of renewable electricity by the end of the next parliament and make Britain zero carbon by 2050 - ending the UK’s adverse impact on climate change for good were released by the Liberal Democrats.

  • Announcement comes as Lib Dems set out Five Green Laws over five days
  • Lib Dems to guarantee nature and the environment are not ignored in the election after putting green issues on front page of the manifesto 
  • Party plan to double the UK’s production of renewable electricity by end of next parliament


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