MP backs fight to save Morley’s high street

Ed Balls is supporting our campaign to help Morley businesses.
Ed Balls is supporting our campaign to help Morley businesses.

Morley’s MP has thrown his support behind an Observer and Advertiser campaign to get a better deal for the town’s shops.

Ed Balls backed the proposal to freeze the business rate and review a scheme that the town’s chamber of trade said was “no longer fit for purpose”.

Mr Balls said: “I know from all my campaigning with local businesses that things have been tough in recent years. So I have always done whatever I can to support our local economy here in Morley – whether it’s securing free wifi for our town centre or building partnerships between large employers and small businesses.

“And of course I know what a big deal business rates are. That’s why - instead of cutting corporation tax for large firms, I am calling for cuts to business rates for small businesses to get them a fairer deal. It’s great to see the Observer and Advertiser championing a campaign to boost support for local businesses and our local high street. I’m delighted to support the need for urgent action on business rates.”

A spokeswoman for Mr Balls said he hoped to meet with representatives from Morley’s Chamber of Trade to discuss ways to alleviate financial pressure on the town’s businesses.

The Observer and Advertiser is demanding that the Government launches a complete overhaul of the business ratings system, an outdated formula which is crippling our high streets.

Visit www.change.org/p/uk-government-launch-an-immediate-review-of-the-business-rates-system-in-england-freezing-rates-in-the-interim and sign our petition. Share with friends and family.

*The Morley Observer and Advertiser, is joining forces with hundreds of its sister Johnston Press titles as well as the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) to demand that business rates are frozen immediately and an urgent review of the system is conducted.

This week we are asking you the reader to sign our online petition which urges the Government to think again about an unfair tax, which has been increased by nearly £700m in the past three years and has left local traders and businesses with the highest property tax bills in Europe.