Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson calls on David Cameron to

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the Prime Minister was condemning hundreds of small businesses after refusing to consider cutting VAT.

Bill took his campaign for a cut in VAT on home repairs and home improvements to Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament yesterday.
Bill asked David Cameron:  "The Prime Minister was asked by his constituent Philip Hall to cut VAT on Home repairs and improvements. Mr Hall has his own construction company.
"Cutting VAT on home improvements has the support of over 50 business organisations, including the Federation of Small Businesses.
"Will he support that cut in VAT which will help jobs, growth and business."
But speaking afterwards, Bill said the Prime Minister had failed to even consider the VAT cut - something which one of his own constituents had been calling for.
Bills said: "The Prime Minister refuses to even consider something which businesses in Sefton and businesses in his own Whitney constituency are calling for.
"Dozens of small and medium sized businesses in Sefton Central would benefit considerably from a VAT cut on home repair, maintenance and improvement work. 

“It would make important home repairs more affordable and help protect consumers from cowboy builders who currently flourish by evading VAT. 

“This is a logical step to help boost the local economy and the government should get on and do it as a matter of urgency."

Bill said the Tory-Lib Dem government's own economic policies had made life for the construction industry very difficult.

Bill said: "David Cameron and the whole of the  government knows the construction industry is currently very weak. The economic crisis hit the industry very hard, but the Tory-Lib Dem government's decision to make cuts in schemes like Building Schools for the Future has made a difficult situation much, much worse.


“Last January's rise in VAT to 20% has had a major impact by driving customers towards inefficient builders. The Federation of Master Builders' campaign to cut VAT to 5% on all home repair, maintenance and improvement work has now gathered the support of 50 different organisations, representing hundreds of thousands of businesses and members of the public. 

"Independent research commissioned by the Cut the VAT campaign last year also reveals a long list of benefits tied to this specific VAT cut, including more protection for homeowners.

"It's just a shame that David Cameron refuses to listen."

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