Business plea to Chancellor

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BUSINESS leaders are calling on Chancellor George Osborne to make decisions which help firms to grow when he makes his autumn pre-budget statement on December 5.

Dominic Beck, policy adviser at Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement must include tough decisions to prioritise growth, without adverse effects on the Government’s deficit reduction programme.

“We believe that resources need to be re-prioritised to support business growth and the building of houses and infrastructure.”

He added: “Business will lead Britain’s economic recovery, but needs targeted support and a confidence boost. Ministers must be bold and take unpopular decisions, including a shift of resources from welfare spending towards crucial growth measures.”