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TORIES WILL AXE NEW PARKING TAXES

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Archie Norman, shadow secretary of state environment, transport and the regions, today pledged to block Labour's pl...
Archie Norman, shadow secretary of state environment, transport and the regions, today pledged to block Labour's plans to introduce new parking taxes in towns and cities across England within the first months of being elected into government.
Mr Norman made his promise during a visit to Nottingham to launch his five-point plan, Common Sense for Nottingham, earlier today.
Mr Norman said: 'Labour's workplace parking taxes are just another stealth tax on businesses and there is little evidence to show that they will reduce congestion in town centres.
'This stealth tax will actively discourage businesses from locating to new towns and cities where these measures are introduced. In short, it will destroy jobs as firms will choose to be based elsewhere.
'Businesses in Nottingham are already bracing themselves against the new charges. The city council is one of eleven authorities due to pilot the workplace parking tax, which could cost businesses up to£350 a space each year, putting a new tax burden of£15m a year on local companies.
'There could be as many as 60,000 business parking spaces in the city. Boots alone could end up paying£1.2m a year for its existing parking spaces.
'Employers may be forced to pass on the costs to employees and professions, such as hard working teachers, are likely to be hit hard by these extra charges.
'Under the Conservatives, we will stop the introduction of these new parking taxes. Instead we would expand the number of parking spaces on brown field sites near public transport interchanges.'
Notes
Labour's Transport Act 2000 enables councils to introduce new taxes on parking spaces on work. The secretary of state must approve new schemes and can issue regulations to amend or cancel existing schemes. Conservatives will use these existing powers to block these new taxes.
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