David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.

I was disappointed to read a recent article about local businessman David Brayshaw calling for a reduction in business rates.

David is someone I know, as I helped behind the scenes with the Morecambe Carnival which was a fantastic success.

Having looked into it, I am pleased to have now established that Mr Brayshaw should not be paying business rates.

Infact, from October 2010 to April 2014 small business rate relief has been doubled – helping half a million small firms.

If you are concerned you are paying too much rates, please check with the City Council.

In this parliament, the Conservative led Government has cut tax for an estimated 36,396 people here in Morecambe and Lunesdale and taken 4,443 people out of tax altogether, taking pressure off household budgets, helping hardworking taxpayers be more financially secure and saving a typical family around £700 a year.

This is of course in addition to the fact that more people are in work now than there was in 2010 when I was first elected.

Education Minister Edward Timpson confirmed to me in the House of Commons that £83 million has been invested by the Government in Lancashire on basic need funding between 2011–12 and 2016–2017.

This is excellent news and reflective of how highly the Government values education here in Lancashire.

More specifically, in Morecambe and Lunesdale, between 2011 and 2014, schools will receive £9.4 million through the Pupil Premium, ensuring that disadvantaged children are given the support they need to fulfil their potential.

Parliament is now in recess and I am looking forward to touring the constituency, please keep an eye on my website to find out where I will be and when.

I have a number of advice surgeries scheduled for the summer months.

My survey is currently being distributed all over the constituency.

If you haven’t received your copy yet, please call James on 01524 411059 and he will send you one.

The survey is also available online. It only takes a few minutes to complete so please take a look at www.letdavidknow.co.uk