‘Cuts will help improve Britain,’ says minister

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A TREASURY minister - who is also MP for South West Herts - says his government’s cuts will help make Britain better.

David Gauke was speaking at the annual general meeting of Berkhamsted’s Chamber of Commerce.

He said: “Growth is going to come from private businesses like the ones in this room, [so] we have got to ensure every government department is business-facing.”

Mr Gauke said he was going to try and simplify the tax system to make it easier for businesses to operate in Britain.

Mr Gauke said: “We have to get the public finances under control and it is a challenge that will require some difficult decisions, and some pain in the process.

“If we were to back away from that and lack credibility, the longer-term consequences would be very damaging to the UK economy and British businesses.

“It is going to be a big task to ensure that [Britain] is going to be the best place in the world if you want to make a business work.”

He said his government has reduced corporation tax, which he said would go down “very considerably” before the government’s term in office is up.

He said: “Because of the sacrifices people are going to have to make now, the UK will be set for a strong economic future.

“We are one year down, but if we can pursue that policy rigorously over the next few years, we will start to see the economy fix.”

The Berkhamsted chamber, which was formed 18 years ago, covers 92 businesses in the town.

Earlier in the meeting, chairman of the branch Ron Cowie praised town businesses for surviving the recession.