This Government has done great work in cutting rates for businesses. 580 shops, pubs and restuarants in Dover and Deal have had help with their business rates.
Charlie: How many small firms and shops in (a) England and (b) Dover have been affected by the reduction in business rates.
Kris Hopkins (Communities Minister): Our £1 billion business rates support package includes a £1,000 discount for smaller shops, pubs and restaurants. That will benefit more than 300,000 premises in England, including 430 in Cherwell and 580 in Dover. We are also doubling small business rate relief for a further year, which will benefit about 575,000 businesses, with 385,000 businesses paying no rates at all. That will help 1,100 small businesses in Cherwell, and 1,300 small businesses in Dover.
Charlie: May I welcome all the Government have done to help high streets such as that of Deal, in myconstituency? Will Ministers condemn the Local Government Association group leader who has been going up and down the land telling councils to hike taxes and business rates, which will devastate our high streets and increase the cost of food?
Kris Hopkins (Communities Minister): I congratulate my hon. Friend on his work to promote Deal high street, which has been a tremendous success. Most recently, Deal topped the polls as Britain's best coastal town as voted for by readers of The Daily Telegraph. The instinct of the Labour party is to tax businesses, ours is to encourage and grow local businesses by offering tax breaks.
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