Small and medium-sized businesses, from tech start-ups to hairdressers and cafes, in Milton Keynes will pay an extra £9.8 million a year due to the rise in national insurance, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has found.
Boris Johnson broke his 2019 manifesto promise by raising employer National Insurance Contributions by 1.25%, impacting small businesses in Milton Keynes and across the country. 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.
A local councillor revealed he will be quitting smoking after a cross-party decision was made to discourage smoking outside schools.
Councillor Paul Trendall, Liberal Democrat Cabinet Member for Customer Services, moved a successful motion at Full Council on Wednesday, asking for signage outside schools urging parents and carers not to smoke within 20 metres of school gates or other entrances/exits.
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