Bolton does not need 'Tesco tax' to help small shops, says council leader

Bolton does not need 'Tesco tax' to help small shops, says council leader

Cllr Cliff Morris

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

THE leader of Bolton Council has said he does not support calls for a so-called “Tesco tax”, which would give local authorities powers to charge a levy on large supermarkets.

Cllr Cliff Morris made his comments after 20 councils across the UK asked the government to consider giving them the power to impose an extra tax on supermarkets to help out smaller shops and local communities.

The campaign, led by Derby City Council, was not backed by Bolton Council.

Cllr Morris said the timing was not right for such a measure.

He said: “We would look at any kind of tax-raising powers, but it’s like everything else — it’s about getting that balance right and I don’t think this is something at this stage we would consider.

“Further down the line, if the government continues on its path of deep cuts, then who knows?

“We have got to be mindful of the people who shop in these places, and what we don’t want to do is put an extra burned on their standard of living.

“I agree that super-markets should look after the local community and they should be very community-minded, but at this stage I am on the side of the shoppers.”

The government has said extra taxes on supermarkets would push up food prices.

A similar tax scheme is already in place in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Businesses in Little Lever have expressed fears that the planned new Tesco superstore there could take shoppers away from the village centre.

Michael Howarth, owner of Howarth Jewellers in Market Street, next to the existing Tesco Metro, said independent businesses could be killed off by the bigger supermarkets and supported calls for an extra levy.

He said: “It’s going to take all the trade out of Little Lever. How are we going to get customers through the door when they are being taken away from our door?

“Now instead of people going to the Tesco Metro they will be in their cars, parking up at the new supermarket and out of the village centre.”

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5:54pm Mon 4 Aug 14

skintight says...

Now you don't want to upset your benefactor now Mr Morris?
Now you don't want to upset your benefactor now Mr Morris? skintight
  • Score: 16

6:24pm Mon 4 Aug 14

piszoff says...

That's good by the time the CONcil take their 90% cut would not be worth collecting.
That's good by the time the CONcil take their 90% cut would not be worth collecting. piszoff
  • Score: 8

6:28pm Mon 4 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Can't be upsetting the BIG BOYs, can we Cliff? Every little helps.

The sooner Morris is put out to grass, the better. The most despised man in Bolton
Can't be upsetting the BIG BOYs, can we Cliff? Every little helps. The sooner Morris is put out to grass, the better. The most despised man in Bolton wsw69
  • Score: 27

6:37pm Mon 4 Aug 14

owencoyle99 says...

Another useless comment by a useless leader

Another comment made by the labour council was when Trafford centre was being built and the labour councillor said it would be a white elephant - just shows what kind of council we have

Get rid of him
Another useless comment by a useless leader Another comment made by the labour council was when Trafford centre was being built and the labour councillor said it would be a white elephant - just shows what kind of council we have Get rid of him owencoyle99
  • Score: 20

7:00pm Mon 4 Aug 14

DAUBHILLISRUINED says...

BENT ...And i'm not talking about tesco bananas !!!
BENT ...And i'm not talking about tesco bananas !!! DAUBHILLISRUINED
  • Score: 12

7:28pm Mon 4 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

DAUBHILLISRUINED wrote:
BENT ...And i'm not talking about tesco bananas !!!
Absolutely spot-on ;-)
[quote][p][bold]DAUBHILLISRUINED[/bold] wrote: BENT ...And i'm not talking about tesco bananas !!![/p][/quote]Absolutely spot-on ;-) wsw69
  • Score: 13

8:11pm Mon 4 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

All i can say about tesco is yuk no thanks...
All i can say about tesco is yuk no thanks... artistpaint
  • Score: 13

8:14pm Mon 4 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Have many small family shops they have left for dust .....and the customer service thats another one.never mind the stuff they sell.gee gee
Have many small family shops they have left for dust .....and the customer service thats another one.never mind the stuff they sell.gee gee artistpaint
  • Score: 2

9:00pm Mon 4 Aug 14

normid norm says...

That's right Cliff, Bolton does not need a tesco tax to help small businesses, it needs a miracle!!
That's right Cliff, Bolton does not need a tesco tax to help small businesses, it needs a miracle!! normid norm
  • Score: 14

9:30pm Mon 4 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

The more people shop at supermarkets the more they lose there towns id and heritage.look at the way fantastic historical buildings are getting laid to waste whilst crappy big tin boxes called supermarkets are going up.countrys like italy preserve there heritage.why cant we...
The more people shop at supermarkets the more they lose there towns id and heritage.look at the way fantastic historical buildings are getting laid to waste whilst crappy big tin boxes called supermarkets are going up.countrys like italy preserve there heritage.why cant we... artistpaint
  • Score: 6

9:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Marzi30 says...

Hmmmm, is there a planning application due in from Tesco in the near future ? Moor Lane perhaps ? Wouldn't want to upset the regeneration of the Town now would we Cliff ?
Hmmmm, is there a planning application due in from Tesco in the near future ? Moor Lane perhaps ? Wouldn't want to upset the regeneration of the Town now would we Cliff ? Marzi30
  • Score: 13

10:49pm Mon 4 Aug 14

BIG ERN says...

Pillarc.
Pillarc. BIG ERN
  • Score: 3

10:57pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Hollieanne says...

I also have heard from an ex-market trader friend that Moor Lane has been earmarked for Tesco. One of the reasons she's left the market & the town!
I also have heard from an ex-market trader friend that Moor Lane has been earmarked for Tesco. One of the reasons she's left the market & the town! Hollieanne
  • Score: 2

12:29am Tue 5 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

So why does everyone use the supermarkets???? It's our fault for using them for everything, I don't drink but friends tell me the pubs are closing because supermarkets sell it cheap???? Milk man and local butchers have been killed off by them......
So why does everyone use the supermarkets???? It's our fault for using them for everything, I don't drink but friends tell me the pubs are closing because supermarkets sell it cheap???? Milk man and local butchers have been killed off by them...... pradagucci
  • Score: 4

7:59am Tue 5 Aug 14

paulrich says...

The Director of Development and Regeneration has categorically assured me that there will be NO Tesco or similar development on Moor Lane. The site is designated for some sort of student facility in connection with the University.
The Director of Development and Regeneration has categorically assured me that there will be NO Tesco or similar development on Moor Lane. The site is designated for some sort of student facility in connection with the University. paulrich
  • Score: 1

8:49am Tue 5 Aug 14

Ernagy2 says...

They don't need the 'Tesco Tax' as Bolton Council has plenty of money. It just needs distributing properly and Councillors who are interested in regenerating the Town. Right now all the council seem to be interested in s building houses and student facilities
They don't need the 'Tesco Tax' as Bolton Council has plenty of money. It just needs distributing properly and Councillors who are interested in regenerating the Town. Right now all the council seem to be interested in s building houses and student facilities Ernagy2
  • Score: 3

9:45am Tue 5 Aug 14

Sickandtiredoffit says...

Traders in bolton dont need any help from tesco or the council £1 shop doing just fine and tesco dont do gamblers or charity stuff Doubles all round !!!
Traders in bolton dont need any help from tesco or the council £1 shop doing just fine and tesco dont do gamblers or charity stuff Doubles all round !!! Sickandtiredoffit
  • Score: 0

12:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Hong Kong Fui says...

Why am I not surprised by this...

We must bring into questions Mr Morris’s motives here... Could it be anything to do with one of the largest Tesco’s and Asda’s in Bolton are based on Middlebrook, who just happen to be tenants of Bluemantle who own Middlebrook, who then just happen to be Bolton Councils preferred developer for Horwich Loco Works and it’s 1700 homes.... Follow the bread crumbs and you will find your real answer...

Because surely it can’t be anything to do with taxing the £1.13 billion profits that Tesco’s makes. Remember, these national chains extract billions from local communities up and down the country, they employee minimum wage or zero hour contractors which hardly contributes to the wealth of any community whilst siphoning off all the huge profits to London based HQ’s. I would hardly suggest Mr Morris that as you suggested ‘...Super-markets should look after the local community and they should be very community-minded...
Your ignorance of this subject is staggering and your stance not to join the growing number of councils to press for local taxation powers is an insult to the folk of Bolton who have seen services slashed.
Why am I not surprised by this... We must bring into questions Mr Morris’s motives here... Could it be anything to do with one of the largest Tesco’s and Asda’s in Bolton are based on Middlebrook, who just happen to be tenants of Bluemantle who own Middlebrook, who then just happen to be Bolton Councils preferred developer for Horwich Loco Works and it’s 1700 homes.... Follow the bread crumbs and you will find your real answer... Because surely it can’t be anything to do with taxing the £1.13 billion profits that Tesco’s makes. Remember, these national chains extract billions from local communities up and down the country, they employee minimum wage or zero hour contractors which hardly contributes to the wealth of any community whilst siphoning off all the huge profits to London based HQ’s. I would hardly suggest Mr Morris that as you suggested ‘...Super-markets should look after the local community and they should be very community-minded... Your ignorance of this subject is staggering and your stance not to join the growing number of councils to press for local taxation powers is an insult to the folk of Bolton who have seen services slashed. Hong Kong Fui
  • Score: 2

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