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  • Oak Processionary Moth Outbreak in Pangbourne: In the Press
    Berkshire at threat as toxic caterpillar spreads Pangbourne plan to eradicate oak processionary moth Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West Berkshire Reading Battle Kentwood Minster Norcot Southcote Tilehurst and Whitley West Berkshire Birch Copse Calcot Pangbourne Purley Theale and Westwood Copyright 2016 All rights reserved This website is funded from Parliamentary allowances Privacy policy Contact Write

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  • Sharma & Wilson slam Government’s hikes to business rates during recession | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    rises in their bills this year with the prospect of even bigger hikes next year After rent and staff business rates are the next biggest cost to local firms This comes as a survey by the Local Government Association has found that 4 out of 5 councils are reporting an increase in empty shops in town centres Reading East MP Rob Wilson and Reading West Candidate Alok Sharma criticised a number of Government policies that are pushing up tax bills Inflation busting rise this April Business rates are to rise by 5 0 per cent this April despite RPI inflation forecast to be negative due to a statistical quirk in the way business rate rises are calculated This will increase the burden of rates by 1 billion a year The average business rate bill in Reading is currently 19 380 this rise will push it up to 20 349 End of transitional relief from the 2005 revaluation Transitional relief from the 2005 business rates revaluation has now expired further pushing up bills for many firms in April 2009 by two or three times and raising another 100 million for the Government Small shops to be hammered by the 2010 revaluation The April 2010 rates revaluation will adversely hit the retail sector because of the Government s decision to use April 2008 as the snapshot for the revaluation when relative retail rents were artificially high compared to industrial and office rents The resulting rating hikes could push many small shops out of small business rate relief meaning rocketing bills New empty property hike When Chancellor Gordon Brown slashed back rate relief on empty properties As the recession bites firms are unable to rent out vacant property and have to pay rates in full without any income from rent This has increased rates by 1 billion in 2008 09 and by a further 715 million from this April Retrospective ports tax Firms located within ports across the country face a further blow as the Government is imposing retrospective hikes on ports firms bills backdated to 2005 The car industry is particularly badly hit making a mockery of Lord Mandelson s claims to be helping it Poor take up of small business relief Small firms are not claiming small business rate relief because they have to fill out complex paperwork By contrast in Wales small business rate relief has been automatic since 2007 New supplementary business rate The Government is currently passing new laws to allow town halls to levy a supplementary business rate which may raise over 600 million a year Local authorities will be forced to levy this charge because of cuts to the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme meaning less revenue for councils Alok Sharma said With support from the Federation of Small Businesses we have been running a campaign to encourage local businesses to apply for Small Business Rate Relief but it would be so much easier if this relief was automatic The Government really needs to start

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  • Wilson and Sharma back Bill to support small businesses | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Reading East MP Rob Wilson and Reading West Parliamentary Candidate Alok Sharma announced their support this week for a Private Members Bill PMB which would see business rate relief granted automatically for small businesses a vital boost during the economic downturn The Small Business Rate Relief Automatic Payment Bill was recently tabled by Peter Luff MP Chairman of the Business and Enterprise committee Roughly half of eligible businesses currently do not claim the relief according to Conservative Party research The reason is that many simply don t know it exists This is why Rob and Alok have taken the decision to further their local Small Business Rate Relief campaign by working with Peter Luff to introduce legislation that would ensure that local authorities include the exemption on rate bills automatically Peter Luff visited Reading last week to discuss the campaign According to the Local Government Association LGA 400 million was left unclaimed by businesses entitled to rate relief in 2006 and they estimate that the relief can save businesses up to 2 500 a year A similar Bill making rate relief automatic was passed into law in Wales in April 2007 Commenting on the Bill Rob said I m delighted that my Hon Friend Peter Luff has tabled this Bill It takes the Conservatives campaign to help small businesses to the next level and it has my full support Wales has passed a similar Bill into law and I can t see why this Government hasn t made similar steps during these difficult times for the economy It is quite evident that the Government has botched its handling of the economic crisis and people are having to rely on Conservatives for the ideas to get the country out of this mess created by Gordon Brown Alok added It was great

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  • Business and Enterprise Committee Chairman visits Reading | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    present at the meeting included Brian Eastman Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Reading and West Berkshire Branch and local FSB co ordinator Karen Durcan as well as Tim Evans Chairman of the Thames Valley Economic Partnership After the meeting Mr Luff said I came here today to support Alok Sharma our excellent Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West and also as part of my work as Business and Enterprise Committee Chairman to listen to local businesses and understand what can be done to support them through some very difficult economic times It has been a very constructive discussion and I have noted the issues which have been raised by local businesses The Conservatives have already proposed a number of measures to help businesses such as our proposal for a 50 billion National Loan Guarantee Scheme which will get credit flowing and save jobs our proposal to reduce employment costs for small businesses by cutting National Insurance and through a tax break for new jobs and our proposal to help small businesses with cash flow by delaying VAT bills for six months Mr Luff continued I have personally teamed up with the FSB to help small businesses and am sponsoring a private members bill the Small Business Rate Relief Automatic Payment Bill to ensure that rate relief applies automatically for small firms Making these payments automatic would ensure the money gets directly to those who need it It will be a boost to small businesses and even cut administrative costs for the local authorities that promote the availability of the rate relief Rates are the third largest item of expenditure for small businesses after wages and rents so this relief would make a huge difference Alok Sharma said The sad fact is that thanks to Gordon Brown s addiction to

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  • Pangbourne Business Rates: In the Press | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    and Kris Jarvis New secondary school in west Reading Oak Processionary Moth Outbreak in Pangbourne Pangbourne Business Rates Public meetings held with Thames Valley Police Safe road crossing on Dee Road Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Pangbourne Business Rates In the Press Business rates hope for Pangbourne businesses affected by Whitchurch Bridge MPs call for detailed timetable outlining Whitchurch Bridge closure schedule Printer friendly version Sign up for my e newsletter Email Address First Name Last Name Postcode Tweets by AlokSharma RDG View Working for Reading West in a larger map Alok Sharma Alok Sharma MP Reading West The

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  • Pangbourne Business Rates: In the Press
    affected by Whitchurch Bridge MPs call for detailed timetable outlining Whitchurch Bridge closure schedule Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West Berkshire Reading Battle Kentwood Minster Norcot Southcote Tilehurst and Whitley West Berkshire Birch Copse Calcot Pangbourne Purley Theale and Westwood Copyright 2016 All rights reserved This website is funded from Parliamentary allowances Privacy policy Contact Write

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  • Sharma chairs sixth public meeting with Thames Valley Police in Calcot | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Thames Valley Police The meeting took place on Thursday 20th June 2013 at Kennet Valley Free Church in Calcot and was attended by in excess of 50 people Alok chaired the meeting which was also attended by the head of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector Warren McKeown Neighbourhood Sergeant Michael Adams and West Berkshire Council Crime Reduction Manager Rachel Craggs Speaking on the panel Inspector McKeown highlighted the reduction in crime across the Calcot and Holybrook area including a reduction in the number of home break ins down from 115 April to March 2011 12 to 44 April to March 2012 13 and vehicle crime down from 141 2011 12 to 100 2012 13 Rachel Craggs spoke about her role within the Safer Communities Partnership to help co ordinate responses to crime and anti social behaviour with Thames Valley Police and Sovereign Housing as well working with offenders to help stop repeat crimes The Safer Communities Partnership brings together West Berkshire Council Thames Valley Police Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Thames Valley Probation who work collaboratively to ensure that West Berkshire continues to be a safe place to live work and visit The panel were later questioned on a number of policing and local issues including the need for security lights on garages anti social driving issues what the public can do to help the police the priorities of the Police enforcement of bus lanes speeding and incidents of anti social behaviour Alok Sharma said This meeting was another excellent opportunity to hear residents concerns about local policing issues and to enhance the dialogue between the police and the wider community and I will be following up on a number of the issues raised with local residents Alok continued I was very pleased to hear about the

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  • Sharma holds fifth public meeting for residents in Birch Copse and Westwood wards | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    off Clements Mead in Tilehurst The meeting gave local residents in Birch Copse and Westwood the opportunity to raise policing issues with the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld the Police Area Commander for West Berkshire Superintendent Robin Rickard Neighbourhood Sergeant Michael Adams and Susan Powell Safer Communities Partnership Team Manager at West Berkshire Council Anthony Stansfeld opened the meeting by explaining his role as the first Police and Crime Commissioner and outlined his priorities for the Thames Valley which include household burglary protecting vulnerable people and rural crime Superintendent Robin Rickard then explained that the crime was down for the fourth year in West Berkshire with reductions in overall crime of 18 per cent shop theft down by 30 per cent violent crime down by seven per cent and burglary which has been a priority area for the force down by 28 per cent Susan Powell outlined how the Safer Communities Partnership identifies and seeks to address local community safety priorities The Safer Communities Partnership brings together West Berkshire Council Thames Valley Police Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Thames Valley Probation who work collaboratively to ensure that West Berkshire continues to be a safe place to live work and visit Alok Sharma chaired the subsequent discussions which included questions on flytipping drug related crime the logistics of 999 calls police response times dangerous cycling engagement with young people burglary from sheds and garages speeding and the definition of reasonable force for defending properties Alok Sharma said This meeting was another excellent opportunity for the most senior police officer in West Berkshire to hear residents concerns about local policing issues and to enhance the dialogue between the police and the wider community and I will be following up on a number of the issues raised with

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