By chance, the previous week, members of COMBEbusiness from Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Wooolacombe had discussed issues and questions they wanted election candidates to address. I was armed with this list and was able to ask the Chancellor a question about addressing the stifling effect of the VAT registration limit on small businesses, who sometimes turn away business to avoid crossing the threshold. The Chancellor said he was aware of this and mentioned a review of VAT.
Will this achieve anything? Probably not on its own, but I believe in taking every opportunity to make all politicians aware of the issues that affect us locally in Devon. The more we talk about them and the higher the level of politician we talk to, the more likely they will start to listen.
It’s important for us to speak up for Devon.