LIVE: Chancellor's autumn statement - Bolton firms say business rate freeze is ‘too little, too late’

The Bolton News: Cllr Cliff Morris Cllr Cliff Morris

COMPANY bosses in Bolton have said the expected freeze in business rates — set to be announced by the government today — is too little, too late.

Chancellor George was expected to confirm in the Autumn Statement that rates will be capped at two per cent instead of being linked to inflation.

But some leading figures in the local business community and the leader of Bolton Council Cliff Morris said the freeze was “too little, too late”.

Cllr Morris, pictured, said: “Business have gone through a very difficult recession, and I don’t think there should’ve been a rise at all.

“It should have been zero per cent. Their rates have been calculated on criteria set before the recession started, so I think even two per cent is unfair.”

Cllr Morris’s comments were echoed by the owner of World of Wicker, Roy Wallis.

Mr Wallis said he is moving his cane furniture business from its town centre base in Manchester Road to new accommodation at Falcon Mill in Halliwell — reopening on December 27 — specifically because of a £32,000 business rates bill.

He said: “It is certainly too little, too late. Over the past 25 years I have paid a fortune. Even two per cent is too much. The reason why are having to move to different premises is because we are paying too much.” Chairman and founder of Travel Counsellors in Churchgate, David Speakman, said rises in business rates prevented companies sharing their profits with the wider local economy.

He said: “As a business you want to make money for your employees, not for the government who can then flush it down the toilet.

“Taxes like this are an unnecessary evil.

“The more tax a business pays, the less you can pay in salaries, it’s as simple as that.”

Managing director John Wilkins, of Bolton-based national floor screeding contractor JCW, at the Waters Meeting Development in Britannia Way agreed that business rates were cutting into his company’s profits. He said: “We are on a private industrial estate, yet we still pay £60,000 a year.

“To be honest, I don’t know what we get for our money. All business rates do is cut into our profits.”

Business rates had been set to rise by 3.2 per cent, based on September’s retail prices inflation rate, before today’s announcement.

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2:06pm Thu 5 Dec 13

thealexweb says...

Its possible to argue that just over the past few years Cliff Morris and the labour group has had a more detrimental effect than business rates.
Its possible to argue that just over the past few years Cliff Morris and the labour group has had a more detrimental effect than business rates. thealexweb

2:17pm Thu 5 Dec 13

steveG says...

Business rates have no place in an economy like Boltons,they only go towards perpetuating a stifling bureaucracy which Bolton can ill afford.

Abolish this archaic tax in the poor Northern towns now and watch their economies thrive with local business people setting up in droves,creating much needed jobs.
Business rates have no place in an economy like Boltons,they only go towards perpetuating a stifling bureaucracy which Bolton can ill afford. Abolish this archaic tax in the poor Northern towns now and watch their economies thrive with local business people setting up in droves,creating much needed jobs. steveG

2:28pm Thu 5 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

Anther nail in the Bolton Town coffin. Between them our political leaders have let us all down very badly over the last thirty years. I for one am not giving them the opportunity to do so again as they are all morally bankrupt and have no shame. Come on UKIP!
Anther nail in the Bolton Town coffin. Between them our political leaders have let us all down very badly over the last thirty years. I for one am not giving them the opportunity to do so again as they are all morally bankrupt and have no shame. Come on UKIP! thomas222

2:29pm Thu 5 Dec 13

filthy6 says...

steveG wrote:
Business rates have no place in an economy like Boltons,they only go towards perpetuating a stifling bureaucracy which Bolton can ill afford. Abolish this archaic tax in the poor Northern towns now and watch their economies thrive with local business people setting up in droves,creating much needed jobs.
Quite right too.....
& get the low paid to chip in more to cover the shortfall for the maintenance of the roads, hospitals & schools.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Business rates have no place in an economy like Boltons,they only go towards perpetuating a stifling bureaucracy which Bolton can ill afford. Abolish this archaic tax in the poor Northern towns now and watch their economies thrive with local business people setting up in droves,creating much needed jobs.[/p][/quote]Quite right too..... & get the low paid to chip in more to cover the shortfall for the maintenance of the roads, hospitals & schools. filthy6

2:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

wild one says...

Every time i see a picture of Fat Cliff i want to punch my screen
Every time i see a picture of Fat Cliff i want to punch my screen wild one

4:41pm Thu 5 Dec 13

wsw69 says...

thealexweb wrote:
Its possible to argue that just over the past few years Cliff Morris and the labour group has had a more detrimental effect than business rates.
There's NO argument about it. Fat useless Cliff the Stiff Morris and the rest of the reprobates in the Clown Hall have dessimated this once thriving town.

As for business rates they are a complete rip-off. No way would I think of setting up a business knowing I'd have to find £600.00 a week, every week, like the guy from World of Wicker has to do.

This is a morally bankrupt country, stifles one man and small to medium businesses. If it wasn't for small businesses this country would be down the pot.

As over the last few years have proven, big businesses pay almost zero because they can get away with it. Small businesses are too small a fish and end up being shafted 5h1tle55 by a morally corrupt national and local government.
[quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: Its possible to argue that just over the past few years Cliff Morris and the labour group has had a more detrimental effect than business rates.[/p][/quote]There's NO argument about it. Fat useless Cliff the Stiff Morris and the rest of the reprobates in the Clown Hall have dessimated this once thriving town. As for business rates they are a complete rip-off. No way would I think of setting up a business knowing I'd have to find £600.00 a week, every week, like the guy from World of Wicker has to do. This is a morally bankrupt country, stifles one man and small to medium businesses. If it wasn't for small businesses this country would be down the pot. As over the last few years have proven, big businesses pay almost zero because they can get away with it. Small businesses are too small a fish and end up being shafted 5h1tle55 by a morally corrupt national and local government. wsw69

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