[Re: Ruinous green policies mean rising profits for UK energy companies, yesterday]
I live in Wyoming County of New York State, where we already have 250 430 foot wind turbines, with 58 more due this summer. Those who live within the footprint of these wind factories have seen the value of their homes plummet. No permanent jobs have been created, and no-one is getting reduced rate electricity. No conventional power plants have been closed, and CO2 emissions have not been significantly reduced. And yet taxpayers and ratepayers fund a significant proportion of wind farms in the US via tax credits and subsidies.
Mary Kay Barton
While I agree that business rates are crippling small businesses, there are practical solutions available. My company has just moved from Westminster to Battersea, and the savings we have made are fantastic. You can apply for small business rates relief from your local council, and look for tapered relief. Or check for a material change in circumstance when, for example, maintenance work alters the footfall outside your business. And check that you are extracting all the tax deductions from business development and structural alterations – are your premises capable of beneficial occupation? If not, apply for a rates holiday from your council.
Andrew Edwards, AppleCapital Print Management
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