In questions to the Department for Communities and Local Government, I asked the Minister to give an assessment of the £1,000 cut to business rates. In December, business rate rises were capped at 2% for 2014/15 and small business rate relief was extended to 2015. This tax cut is great news for small businesses in Dover and Deal and will help them to grow further.
I also mentionned the success of Deal High Street being named High Street of the Year in December 2013. Deal High Street thrives on the success and variety of its small businesses. This £1,000 business rate tax cut will be a further shot in the arm to our High Street and others like it around the country.
I also raised the issue of unauthorised development by travellers on land in Eastry. I asked the Minister what steps Dover District Council can take to stop illegal development by travellers and he agreed to meet with me to discuss the matter further.
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