Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne hits the high street to meet traders in Stanmore

Harrow Times: Chancellor of the Exchequer hits the high street Chancellor of the Exchequer hits the high street

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited high street traders today to discuss government help with business rates.

The visit comes following last week’s Autumn Statement  in which the Chancellor announced a cap on the increase of business rates at two per cent instead of 3.2 per cent.

It was also announced high street traders will be able to have their business rates bill cut by £1,000, a move intended to help small businesses.

Mr Osborne visited shops in The Broardway, Stanmore, before sitting with traders and business owners for a brief question and answer session.

He said: “These are some of the hardest working people in the country and the Government has to help them.

“I am very impressed with the traders of Stanmore and the work they are doing to try and increase business.

“As a government we have to do what we can to help small businesses, especially at a time when money is tight and that is why we have introduced £1,000 business rates cut to help the high street.”

The Chancellor also visited of The Balloon and Party Shop, run by Raj Degamia, who is also chairman of the newly formed Stanmore Chamber of Trade.

Mr Degamia said: “I think all the traders are very proud to have had the chancellor come to visit. Sometimes Stanmore is overlooked and it was great to be able to talk to him about issues we are facing.

“The announcement on business rates last week is welcomed but there is more that still needs to be done to help.

“I would like to see more long term help for the high street and a review of the business rate system as a whole because they can be very high.”

When asked if the measures in the Autumn Statement were short term, Mr Osborne said: “These measures will help for the next few years before there is a review of business rates and how they are calculated in 2017.”

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2:39pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Cllr Husain Akhtar says...

Wonder why he could not visit Wealdstone shops to assure them that the ‘government has to help them’! But then Stanmore has and needs Tory voters in the Harrow East marginal constituency!
Wonder why he could not visit Wealdstone shops to assure them that the ‘government has to help them’! But then Stanmore has and needs Tory voters in the Harrow East marginal constituency! Cllr Husain Akhtar

5:06pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Good job the George Osborne made a trip to encourage Stanmore traders.He was probably heartened to see that Stanmore has launched a new Chamber of Trade headed by the Chair Raj Degamia and wished to applaud their efforts.

It's no good being cynical about anybody doing the rounds in Stanmore rather than in Wealdstone since every area has very different needs and have issues unique to their patch.

I humbly suggest Wealdstone would probably benefit far more if somebody with expertise on important issues such as anti-social behaviour, Drug-dealing and mental health issues, the impact of "Khat" on the community which afflict this entire "corridor " ,made the journey to help find some answers and solutions---with help from many statutory partners and community volunteers,including our brilliant Street Pastors.The Chancellor of the Exchequer is hardly qualified to do this.
Good job the George Osborne made a trip to encourage Stanmore traders.He was probably heartened to see that Stanmore has launched a new Chamber of Trade headed by the Chair Raj Degamia and wished to applaud their efforts. It's no good being cynical about anybody doing the rounds in Stanmore rather than in Wealdstone since every area has very different needs and have issues unique to their patch. I humbly suggest Wealdstone would probably benefit far more if somebody with expertise on important issues such as anti-social behaviour, Drug-dealing and mental health issues, the impact of "Khat" on the community which afflict this entire "corridor " ,made the journey to help find some answers and solutions---with help from many statutory partners and community volunteers,including our brilliant Street Pastors.The Chancellor of the Exchequer is hardly qualified to do this. Sonoo Malkani

6:06pm Mon 9 Dec 13

jackdaw says...

I have read that Cllr Akhtar is to stand as a candidate in Wealdstone in the 2014 elections. it is good the chancellor, George Osbourne, has visited Harrow borough but instead of displaying joy in Stanmores good fortune cllr Akhtar decides to berate him for not visiting Wealdstone. There were other areas that could be visited such as South Harrow and North Harrow that are also in the doldrums but it would be impossible to visit all these areas and give them the attention that they need as there are only so many hours in a day.

I suggests Cllr Akhtar lists the ways in which he will turn around Wealdstone fortunes.What for instance has he done about InShops?
Would you list your first ten ideas for the regenration of Wealdstone cllr so we can **** them>
I have read that Cllr Akhtar is to stand as a candidate in Wealdstone in the 2014 elections. it is good the chancellor, George Osbourne, has visited Harrow borough but instead of displaying joy in Stanmores good fortune cllr Akhtar decides to berate him for not visiting Wealdstone. There were other areas that could be visited such as South Harrow and North Harrow that are also in the doldrums but it would be impossible to visit all these areas and give them the attention that they need as there are only so many hours in a day. I suggests Cllr Akhtar lists the ways in which he will turn around Wealdstone fortunes.What for instance has he done about InShops? Would you list your first ten ideas for the regenration of Wealdstone cllr so we can **** them> jackdaw

6:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

jackdaw says...

I do not know why the word assess has been replaced by asterisks as there is nothing questionable about that word!
I do not know why the word assess has been replaced by asterisks as there is nothing questionable about that word! jackdaw

10:16am Tue 10 Dec 13

Duke of Chandos says...

Surprised that Bob Blackman MP didn't get either his name in the article or face in the picture!

Isn't it because the Tory grandee's realise that Bob is on shaky ground of being re-elected that we've suddenly had this rush of Ministers visiting the Constituency of late?
Surprised that Bob Blackman MP didn't get either his name in the article or face in the picture! Isn't it because the Tory grandee's realise that Bob is on shaky ground of being re-elected that we've suddenly had this rush of Ministers visiting the Constituency of late? Duke of Chandos

3:03pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Seems like some of us are now in the habit of "damned if you do and damned if you don't".Harrovians desperately need to apprecaite and internalise that if we carry on "talking down" our borough or those who lend us their support ,for reasons best known to them,we will simply be damaging some vital organ or other within or own body--the body of Harrow.

These derogatory remarks accumulate like invisible deposits of plaque.Over a period,this results in injury of an insidous kind ---,which ends up hurting and hampering our general well-being.

Should we mind that one part of the borough ,where our own Harrovians live and work,being given special attention and carp like spoilt sports! Let us behave in a more grown-up and responsible fashion and be pleased that SOME part of our borough is being nourished.Let us be generous in our dealings.

Our behaviour must be so exemplary that politicians and influential folk cannot help being drawn to Harrow to visit,encourage and even listen to issues that matter to us so that we get the best out of them.It does not matter if the politician is from a particular party.What counts is how much that person cares to help turn our fortunes around!Welcome ALL to Harrow and make them realise what a great borough we are.
Seems like some of us are now in the habit of "damned if you do and damned if you don't".Harrovians desperately need to apprecaite and internalise that if we carry on "talking down" our borough or those who lend us their support ,for reasons best known to them,we will simply be damaging some vital organ or other within or own body--the body of Harrow. These derogatory remarks accumulate like invisible deposits of plaque.Over a period,this results in injury of an insidous kind ---,which ends up hurting and hampering our general well-being. Should we mind that one part of the borough ,where our own Harrovians live and work,being given special attention and carp like spoilt sports! Let us behave in a more grown-up and responsible fashion and be pleased that SOME part of our borough is being nourished.Let us be generous in our dealings. Our behaviour must be so exemplary that politicians and influential folk cannot help being drawn to Harrow to visit,encourage and even listen to issues that matter to us so that we get the best out of them.It does not matter if the politician is from a particular party.What counts is how much that person cares to help turn our fortunes around!Welcome ALL to Harrow and make them realise what a great borough we are. Sonoo Malkani

7:41pm Tue 10 Dec 13

pravinshah1 says...

Jackdaw, yes you are right. There were other areas in Harrow that could be visited such as Rayners Lane, South Harrow and North Harrow that are also in need of improvement; however, Wealdstone is a most very deprived one.

George Osbourne decided to visit Stanmore, which is one of the affluent areas of Harrow. He could have gone to other area of Harrow except for, as Duke of Chandos says “Isn't it because the Tory grandee's realise that Bob is on shaky ground of being re-elected that we've suddenly had this rush of Ministers visiting the Constituency?

Sonoo Malkani, you say “Let us behave in a more grown-up and responsible fashion and be pleased that SOME part of our borough is being nourished. Let us be generous in our dealings.” Are you saying forget the other parts of the borough as they do not need to be NOURISHED?

I do not know why one thinks that writing in these columns, one can get on the Honours List.
Jackdaw, yes you are right. There were other areas in Harrow that could be visited such as Rayners Lane, South Harrow and North Harrow that are also in need of improvement; however, Wealdstone is a most very deprived one. George Osbourne decided to visit Stanmore, which is one of the affluent areas of Harrow. He could have gone to other area of Harrow except for, as Duke of Chandos says “Isn't it because the Tory grandee's realise that Bob is on shaky ground of being re-elected that we've suddenly had this rush of Ministers visiting the Constituency? Sonoo Malkani, you say “Let us behave in a more grown-up and responsible fashion and be pleased that SOME part of our borough is being nourished. Let us be generous in our dealings.” Are you saying forget the other parts of the borough as they do not need to be NOURISHED? I do not know why one thinks that writing in these columns, one can get on the Honours List. pravinshah1

11:52pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Every part of our borough has unique needs and deserves nourishing but this cannot happen simultaneously, Pravin.Be patient.

Can't imagine what made you feel that expressing one's views in these columns. would get anybody on the" Honours List!".Get real.
Every part of our borough has unique needs and deserves nourishing but this cannot happen simultaneously, Pravin.Be patient. Can't imagine what made you feel that expressing one's views in these columns. would get anybody on the" Honours List!".Get real. Sonoo Malkani

9:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

pravinshah1 says...

Sonoo Malkani, I do agree with your statement "Every part of our borough has unique needs and deserves nourishing", however cannot agree that a minister only goes to an affluent one as that does not need nourishing but go to a part where one can influence change, encourage and even listen to issues that matter. One can only assume that the sudden rush of Ministers visiting Stanmore must be more to political venture then caring for the residents or turn the residents fortune’s around.

You also need to grow up and stop supporting a person who was demanding unfair answers from you at the HPCCG meetings. I suppose that it is because you have joined the person's political party and expecting something back in return. Or maybe not!!
Sonoo Malkani, I do agree with your statement "Every part of our borough has unique needs and deserves nourishing", however cannot agree that a minister only goes to an affluent one as that does not need nourishing but go to a part where one can influence change, encourage and even listen to issues that matter. One can only assume that the sudden rush of Ministers visiting Stanmore must be more to political venture then caring for the residents or turn the residents fortune’s around. You also need to grow up and stop supporting a person who was demanding unfair answers from you at the HPCCG meetings. I suppose that it is because you have joined the person's political party and expecting something back in return. Or maybe not!! pravinshah1

10:27am Sat 14 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

I feel so sorry for you Pravin.You have "tunnel vision."I have been a party member since years ,as is widely known.I don't indulge in playing hide-and-seek.Nor do I play games or indulge in pranks or intrigue.Just sorry that you consider that everybody, except yourself, needing to "Grow up!".We are not all self -seekers.

We ALL know what happened at HPCCG meetings but have made a conscious choice not to bear grudges.Nor do we wish to descend into petty personal mud-slinging.

We have always said we are VOLUNTEERS working to improve safety and allied issues for ALL our citizens.Period.We say what we mean and mean what we say.

None of us expect favours or are in the business of collecting brownie points.Perhaps we seem crazy to you!Who knows--maybe we are!I firmly believe in going that extra mile and following your own heart when something moves you.

Gandhiji said,"BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE".

It seems you just cannot accept that there are some of us,with old-fashioned values ,who do what they really feel needs doing,no matter what----without seeking any reward.WE DO IT BECAUSE IT MATTERS.

Is that really so hard to believe or work out?Try it! It will add value to your life and bring you a feeling which is indescribable.

It is the most uplifting and refreshing experience.Such a privilege to know that you have the opportunity to serve ,in some small way ,and make a difference.I am a humble house-wife so I can only tell you from my simplistic view-point.

It's what every religion teaches us.Over and above ,it is the religion of mankind that some of us try to practice in our daily lives.

We would greatly appreciate your support ,especially with so much ailing society.After all,isn't the bottom line the same---we ALL want a SAFER WORLD to live in,locally and universally.

Let us attack problems and tear them down,one by one,not each other.

Please let us watch and see how things shape up and then make constructive moves ,WORKING TOGETHER AS ONE BIG TEAM OF HARROVIANS,of experienced and inexperienced peoples,statutory and voluntary,to effect the best possible outcomes for our borough.

I hope you will dwell on this and come forward to make a valuable contribution.
I feel so sorry for you Pravin.You have "tunnel vision."I have been a party member since years ,as is widely known.I don't indulge in playing hide-and-seek.Nor do I play games or indulge in pranks or intrigue.Just sorry that you consider that everybody, except yourself, needing to "Grow up!".We are not all self -seekers. We ALL know what happened at HPCCG meetings but have made a conscious choice not to bear grudges.Nor do we wish to descend into petty personal mud-slinging. We have always said we are VOLUNTEERS working to improve safety and allied issues for ALL our citizens.Period.We say what we mean and mean what we say. None of us expect favours or are in the business of collecting brownie points.Perhaps we seem crazy to you!Who knows--maybe we are!I firmly believe in going that extra mile and following your own heart when something moves you. Gandhiji said,"BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE". It seems you just cannot accept that there are some of us,with old-fashioned values ,who do what they really feel needs doing,no matter what----without seeking any reward.WE DO IT BECAUSE IT MATTERS. Is that really so hard to believe or work out?Try it! It will add value to your life and bring you a feeling which is indescribable. It is the most uplifting and refreshing experience.Such a privilege to know that you have the opportunity to serve ,in some small way ,and make a difference.I am a humble house-wife so I can only tell you from my simplistic view-point. It's what every religion teaches us.Over and above ,it is the religion of mankind that some of us try to practice in our daily lives. We would greatly appreciate your support ,especially with so much ailing society.After all,isn't the bottom line the same---we ALL want a SAFER WORLD to live in,locally and universally. Let us attack problems and tear them down,one by one,not each other. Please let us watch and see how things shape up and then make constructive moves ,WORKING TOGETHER AS ONE BIG TEAM OF HARROVIANS,of experienced and inexperienced peoples,statutory and voluntary,to effect the best possible outcomes for our borough. I hope you will dwell on this and come forward to make a valuable contribution. Sonoo Malkani

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