Chancellor’s choccy choice‏ : letter to Express 2/8/13

The balance sheet of the chocolatier , Simon Dunn, seems to present a conundrum for the Chancellor.

Should he rush to the aid of similar High Street shops, or should he stick to his austerity guns and face down his electorate.

Obviously, it would be fraught entering his local Conservative club, if its High Street resembled that of other towns, full of bookies, money lenders and charity shops.

What can he do? The problem is, according to Mr. Dunn, not a lack of customer’s, but that of taxation and fixed overheads (dependent on privatised utilities etc.).

Can we expect an adjustment of the local Council’s budget, to reduce the tax burden on its High Street?

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