Councillors back our campaign

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Labour councillors have called for the Government to cut VAT to help small businesses while on a walkabout in the West End to back our #SOSMorecambe campaign.

Ian Pattison, David Whittaker and Margaret Pattison called for more to be done to get empty shops up and running again.

The West End councillors met with Clive Fishwick, chair of the West End Traders, and Morecambe plumber Malcolm O’Neil to tour the struggling Yorkshire Street and Regent Road area.

“Although it is sad to see empty shops in the West End, it is still heartening to see local small businesses fight off the strains of the economic climate,” said Councillor Ian Pattison.

“There are a number of enthusiastic entrepreneurs in the West End who desperately want to take empty buildings on and turn them into thriving businesses.

“Not only does the council need to do more to press landlords into moving their properties on but the Government needs to bring in measures to help put more money into the pockets of local people.

“I would like to see a temporary cut in VAT to help small businesses with costs and also a living wage in order to increase public spending and get the economy moving.”