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  • Michael Mullaney
    Article: Dec 3, 2021
    • Ahead of Small Business Saturday, local Lib Dems call for small businesses in Hinckley and Bosworth to be given a tax cut, saving them an average of £5,000.

    • The tax cut would help businesses including local restaurants suffering from Christmas cancellations following new Covid restrictions

    • Figures reveal hit to businesses in Hinckley and Bosworth from Conservative National Insurance tax rise

    Ahead of Small Business Saturday, the Liberal Democrats have called for taxes to be slashed on small businesses. Local Liberal Democrats have backed the proposals which would benefit 2,100 small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hinckley and Bosworth, from cafes and restaurants to high street shops.

    The proposed tax cut would save small businesses an average of £5,000 a year by aiding them with staff costs. It would be achieved by quadrupling the Employment Allowance to £16,000 for a period of two years. This would allow a small business to employ five people on an average salary without paying any National Insurance contributions. 1.1 million businesses would be eligible for this tax cut, which would save them an estimated £5.5 billion next year.

    It comes as a record number of small businesses say they are struggling with rising costs whilst new Covid restrictions loom, according to a recent survey by the Federation of Small Businesses. Local restaurants have also reported a surge in Christmas bookings being cancelled, setting owners back thousands of pounds.

    Meanwhile, the Conservatives have announced small businesses will have to pay more National Insurance contributions in the new year, despite facing a tough winter. Research by the House of Commons Library has shown the Conservative plans are set to hit an estimated 1,500 local businesses in Hinckley and Bosworth with a £4,200,000 tax bombshell.
    Hinckley Liberal Democrat Councillor Michael Mullaney, said:
    "Our local shops and restaurants are the backbone of our community and must be helped through a tough winter. Businesses Hinckley and Bosworth re struggling with mounting bills and worries about the impact of the new Covid variant in the coming weeks. We need to help them now with a big and bold offer.

    "It is disgraceful that local businesses in our area are being forced to pay even more tax by this Conservative government. We should help small businesses who have already suffered so much during the pandemic. That is why I am backing calls for our local businesses to receive a tax cut."

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey MP, said:

    "Cafes, shops and start-ups are all looking at this winter with dread, yet all Boris Johnson can muster up is a massive new tax bill. The Conservatives must be living on another planet if they think the answer to business owners' problems is to put up their taxes.

    "This country was promised tax cuts by the Conservatives, but yet again their promises have been proven not to be worth the paper they are written on.

    "People and businesses need help now. I want to give our dedicated local business owners and entrepreneurs a helping hand, and to truly unleash Britain's potential."
  • Article: Nov 30, 2021

    Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has backed a campaign to save remaining bank branches. It comes as TSB announced today that it proposed to close 70 of its remaining bank branches including the one in Melton Mowbray.

    The motion was proposed by Hinckley Lib Dem councillor Michael Mullaney. Michael said "It's vital we protect the remaining bank branches that we have in Hinckley and Bosworth.

  • Petition: Nov 27, 2021

    Please make sure people across the UK aren't cut off from face to face access to bank services or access to their cash. Please give the Financial Conduct Authority the power to block banks from closing branches or cashpoints in communities which are dependent on them.

  • Councillor Michael Mullaney
    Article: Nov 26, 2021

    A campaign to save bank branches from closures is coming to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

    Hinckley Liberal Democrat Councillor Michael Mullaney is putting forward a motion calling upon the government to give more powers to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to prevent large banks closing branches without adequate alternatives. It will be debated at the meeting on Tuesday 30th November.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2021

    Responding to yesterday's vote in Parliament in which the Conservative MP for Bosworth voted to water down rules for dealing with MPs sleaze and corruption, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman for Hinckley and Bosworth Councillor Michael Mullaney said:

    "It is shameful that our local Conservative MP voted to water down rules aimed at preventing political sleaze.

  • Councillor Michael Mullaney
    Article: Oct 26, 2021

    Small and medium-sized businesses, from tech start-ups to hairdressers and cafes, in Hinckley and Bosworth will pay an extra £4.3million 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 Hinckley and Bosworth 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.

    In Hinckley and Bosworth small businesses face an extra £4.3million national insurance rise per year once the tax hikes come into place next year.

    Ahead of the budget, the Liberal Democrats are calling for small businesses to be offered a lifeline by slashing their employer's national insurance contributions instead of raising them.

    Under the party's proposals, the Employment Allowance would be quadrupled from £4,000 to £16,000 for at least two years, meaning taxes on small businesses would be slashed by £5.5 billion across the country next year.

    Councillor Michael Mullaney Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Hinckley and Bosworth said:

    "The Government's broken manifesto promise will create a £4.3million tax bombshell for small businesses in our local community.

    "Small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and our high streets have been struggling for years. The last thing businesses in Hinckley and Bosworth need right now are damaging tax rises.

    "Hinckley and Bosworth's Liberal Democrats are calling for a tax cut for local entrepreneurs and business owners, to help them create jobs and drive our economic recovery."

    Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Treasury, commented on the findings:

    "We have already lost far too many treasured shops from our high streets, and too many businesses are drowning in tax rises and red tape.

    "Rishi Sunak must give small businesses the chance to grow again instead of clobbering them with a crippling tax rise.

    "The Chancellor is out of touch with small businesses and if he truly cared about their survival, he would cancel this tax hike immediately."

  • Michael Mullaney
    Article: Oct 12, 2021

    West Leicestershire is among the places being hit by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    It comes as many people are struggling to book an appointment with their GP, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.

    The figures show there is now just one GP per 2,216 people in West Leicestershire, which includes Hinckley and Bosworth in June 2021, compared to the national average of one GP per 2,038 people.

  • Michael Mullaney
    Article: Oct 5, 2021

    Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have tonight passed a motion calling on the government to drop plans to remove the Universal Credit uplift which will affect thousands of local families.

    Proposing the motion was Hinckley Lib Dem Councillor Michael Mullaney. Michael said "If the government goes ahead and removes the Universal Credit uplift it will see a £20 a week reduction in the income of nearly 7,000 families here in Hinckley and Bosworth.

  • Pensioners in Brentwood & Ongar may be missing out on cold weather payments
    Article: Oct 4, 2021

    Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to double the Warm Home Discount for existing recipients and make it available to 437 extra pensioners across Hinckley and Bosworth. The measure would prevent pensioners being forced to "choose between eating and heating this winter", say the Lib Dems.

  • Michael Mullaney
    Article: Oct 1, 2021

    Leicestershire County Council has given it's unanimous backing to a campaign by Cancer Research UK to increase funding for public health prevention services.

    A motion proposed by leader of Leicestershire Lib Dems Councillor Michael Mullaney calling for support for the campaign got support from all parties. Michael Mullaney said "Almost every family in Leicestershire will have been affected by cancer. Each year around 4,000 people in the county develop cancer and sadly around 2,000 die from it.