Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, backs business rate cap

Basildon MP backs move to help high street

Basildon MP backs move to help high street

First published in News

THE Government is backing the high street – that was the message MP Stephen Metcalfe gave to shopkeepers when he visited a number of retailers on Small Business Saturday.

Mr Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, praised new plans, which include capping business rates at two per cent, a £1,000 discount to business rates less than £50,000 and halved rates for 18 months for businesses taking on shops which have stood empty for a long period of time.

The Government has also vowed to stop over-zealous parking enforcement and unreasonable parking to encourage more local shopping.

Mr Metcalfe said: “I am acutely aware of the challenges facing the high street at the moment. I am delighted the Government is taking assertive action and know these measures will make a huge difference to many of the invaluable small shops and local traders we find in our town centres.”

Emma Keast, who owns Cranberries in Grover Walk, Corringham, said: “It’s good the Government is focusing on small businesses. Parking is an important way to keep small towns thriving.

“Any help to stop business rates going up is good. It’s a constant struggle for any business to pay rent and rates.”

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