With the general election just days away, the Conservatives have still not told small firms if they will receive business rates relief – despite promises by Sajid Javid that he would confirm details before the general election.
The Liberal Democrats announced in their manifesto they would review business rates to reduce burdens on small firms, and make small and medium-sized businesses the priority for any future business rate cuts.
Liberal Democrat Business spokesperson Susan Kramer said:
“The Conservatives used to call themselves the party of business, but their failure to provide the relief to small business owners that they promised shows they just don’t care.
“Theresa May was dishonest about whether she was going to call an election and now she isn’t playing straight with small businesses.
“It is time that Theresa May comes clean over what pain the Conservative Party plan to cause to small businesses.
“Only the Liberal Democrats offer a clear plan that will help people grow their small businesses.”