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MP pleads with Government to help High Street
WORCESTER’S MP says the Government must do more to help high street retailers - saying “removing burdens” on them is vital.
Robin Walker used his dialogue with the Prime Minister to urge him to help make life easier for traders.
His comments were welcomed by Mr Cameron, who said he was confident the city will grow stronger in the years to come.
The intervention has been welcomed by the body representing traders in Worcester, which says Christmas is more important now than ever.
Mr Walker, speaking in the commons, said: “With 700 businesses in my constituency set to benefit from the extension of small business rate relief, can I urge the Prime Minister to continue to do everything he can to help the High Street and remove burdens on businesses to create more jobs.”
Mr Cameron said: “In terms of the high street we have taken some important steps forward, in terms of the (business) rate rebate of £1,000 announced in the autumn statement and the £2,000 employment allowance, which means they don’t have to pay the first £2,000 of national insurance contributions.
“It means those businesses in Worcester can now take on even more people.”
He insisted the Government understood how difficult it is for small shops and said Worcester’s strong employment data was welcome for trade.
After the debate Adrian Field, from Worcester’s Business Improvement District, said: “Many traders are still finding it tough and I think there could be some closures in January or February if some shops don’t have the Christmas they are expecting.
“But Worcester is still attracting retailers, a lot of independents are coming here and look at the likes of Joules, there is interest.
“In terms of the autumn settlement, that’s been well received in Worcester.
“A lot of potential retailers want short term leases to ‘dip their toes’ into the water and see what it’s like.”
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