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‘CUT BUSINESS RATES’: St Albans MP pressures government in Queen’s Speech

 Published on: 17th October 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

On Monday, October 14, the Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament marking the start of a new parliamentary session and outlining the government’s legislative priorities.

Mrs Main spoke in the debate on the Queen’s Speech to welcome the bold domestic agenda that will benefit her constituents in St Albans.

The Prime Minister announced plans to bring forward a new legislative programme: the NHS, tackling crime, investing in infrastructure, cutting the cost of living, funding schools, boosting connectivity and environmental protection are the key priorities.

While Anne supported many of the announcements made, she reaffirmed her commitment to continue pressuring the government to review business rates.

Anne has met with a number of pub and business owners who have expressed their concern that the current rates punish small businesses located in areas with high property value such as St Albans.

Mrs Main wants to see a system that helps all small businesses and pubs to thrive.

Regional investment in local businesses was made a priority in the Queen’s Speech with the government announcing that by March 2021 the local growth fund will have invested £12billion in projects to boost jobs and growth across England.

Anne highlighted how this fund had made projects such as the Hertfordshire enterprise zone possible, creating 8,000 new jobs.

On schools, Anne said she was proud the Government was ending the postcode lottery when it came to funding and was committed to ensuring a fairer funding system for all schools. This is an issue Anne has passionately campaigned on at all levels on behalf of St Albans schools.

During the debate, Anne said: “The schools in my constituency will hugely welcome this injection of funds. St Albans schools will now see an increase in funding above the new minimum levels of per-pupil funding.

“The average amount in St Albans will be £5,161 per secondary school pupil and £4,123 per primary school pupil. I welcome that.”

Anne reiterated that she was pleased to hear this Government had pledged to protect parental choice and respect diversity within the education system that includes independent schools.

Mrs Main praised the Government’s introduction of its landmark environment legislation to tackle environmental priorities. Anne is a long-term environmental campaigner and established the cross-party group in Parliament on the prevention of plastic waste.

Anne made it clear that she still had some concerns about how noise pollution was being dealt with, an ongoing issue for St Albans’ residents, who have been affected by the growth of Luton Airport and resurfacing works on the M1.

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