Gov plans would boost local firms, MP says

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard
Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard
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Entrepreneurs in Blackpool and the Fylde coast need ‘confidence, security, and certainty’, according to local MP Paul Maynard.

Speaking in Parliament, the Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys said: “Whether they are lady funeral directors, stained glass window repairers, or supermarket ready meal manufacturers, they all want to
grow their businesses from the very smallest roots.

“To do so, they need three things: confidence, security, and certainty.

“My town needs such jobs. We need the Bill. Please get on with it.”

Mr Maynard was speaking in London during a debate on the National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill.

The proposal, which would freeze national insurance contributions for workers earning
 more than £155 a week,
 was having its second reading.

The Bill would also mean apprentices under 25 would be exempt from paying the fee.

It was initially introduced by the Chancellor George Osborne during his budget speech in July.

He told MPs the
government would legislate to ‘prohibit any increase in the main rates of income tax, national insurance, and VAT for the next five years’.

Financial secretary to the treasury, David Gauke, said: “The MP for Tamworth, Christopher Pincher, highlighted the need for greater certainty in the tax system and welcomed the Bill, as did MP for North Dorset Simon Hoare.

“Paul Maynard supported that argument and suggested the Bill would provide greater confidence to b usinesses.”