General election small business pledges 2017
- Continue to cut corporation tax to 17 per cent by 2020
- Increase the personal allowance to 12, 500 and the higher rate of tax to 50, 000 by 2020
- A full review of the business rate system, to ensure revaluations are more frequent and large changes are avoided
- Continue to increase the National Living Wage to 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020
- A national insurance holiday? for small firms employing ex-offenders, disabled people and those with mental health disorders.
Key quotePrime minister, Theresa May: When it comes to opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background.
Read theconservatives manifesto in full
- Increase income tax for people earning over 80, 000 per year, but halt rise of VAT and national insurance
- A new lower small profits rate of corporation tax for small firms
- Scrap quarterly tax reporting for businesses with a turnover of less than 85, 000
- Ban zero-hours contracts and unpaid internships
- Increase the Living Wage to 10 per hour by 2022, whilst turning the minimum wage into a living wage for all workers aged 18 or over
Key quoteLabour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on the scourge of late payments: ?it’s a national scandal. And it’s stopping businesses from growing and causing thousands to go bust every year. It kills jobs and holds back economic growth.
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- Reverse Conservative cuts to corporation tax and capital gains
- Introduce a 100 per week ‘startup allowance? for entrepreneurs to help with living costs
- A full review of the business rates system, prioritising business rates cuts for smaller firms
- Double number of businesses hiring apprentices and increase advice on entrepreneurship and self-employment in schools
- Expand activities of the British Business Bank, making it easier for small firms to borrow
Key quoteParty leader, Tim Farron, on Brexit: I believe that this country is more prosperous if it remains open, tolerant and united” Read the Liberal Democrat manifesto in full?
- Reduce business rates by 20 per cent for the 1.5m companies operating from premises with a rateable value of less than 50, 000
- A full HMRC investigation into late payments to small firms, with fines levied to big businesses
- Improved access to trade credit insurance for exporters struggling to access finance
- Review public sector procurement to open up government contracts to a higher proportion of small businesses
- Encourage local councils to offer 30 minutes of free parking in town and city centres.
Key quoteParty leader, Paul Nutall: ?Be it our stance on balanced migration, constitutional reform or integration, I predict we are leading where the other parties will eventually follow. Read the UKIP manifesto in full
- Support startups and creative enterprises through new community credit and green investment fund
- Transform the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) into a network of local people’s banks, with a branch in every town and city, obliged to lend locally and offer cheap basic banking services
- Introduce a system of universal basic income as a way to increase social security and reduce poverty
- Promote and support all small businesses, especially co-operatives and mutuals, and speed up nationwide rollout of high speed broadband
- Begin phasing in a four-day working week, while banning zero-hours contracts