Milton Keynes small businesses to be hit with £9.8m bombshell, say Lib Dems

    Local Liberal Democrat councillors say that Small and medium-sized businesses in Milton Keynes will pay an extra £9.8 million a year due to the rise in national insurance.

    The party says that House of Commons Library research has detailed the impact of the tax rises, and it is estimated that the average micro-business employing up to nine people will pay more than £1,000 extra a year as a result of the tax hike. 

    Ahead of the budget, the Liberal Democrats are calling for small businesses to be offered a lifeline by slashing their employer’s national insurance contributions instead of raising them. 

    They say that under the proposals, the Employment Allowance would be quadrupled from £4,000 to £16,000 for at least two years, meaning taxes on small businesses would be slashed by £5.5 billion across the country next year.

    Councillor Robin Bradburn, Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Milton Keynes Council, said: “The Government's broken manifesto promise will create a £9.8 million tax bombshell for small businesses in our local community. 

    “Small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and our high streets have been struggling for years. The last thing businesses in Milton Keynes need right now are damaging tax rises.  

    “Milton Keynes’ Liberal Democrats are calling for a tax cut for local entrepreneurs and business owners, to help them create jobs and drive our economic recovery.”

    Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Treasury, commented on the findings: “We have already lost far too many treasured shops from our high streets, and too many businesses are drowning in tax rises and red tape.  

    “Rishi Sunak must give small businesses the chance to grow again instead of clobbering them with a crippling tax rise.  

    “The Chancellor is out of touch with small businesses and if he truly cared about their survival, he would cancel this tax hike immediately.”

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