The Chancellor's Autumn Statement won the support from the Federation of Small Businesses.
– John Allan, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses
Today's Autumn Statement represents steady progress, with a range of announcements that address members' concerns in the cost of doing business, with action on business rates and confirmation that next year's fuel duty rise will be cancelled.
The statement is a sobering reminder about the scale of the deficit the country faces and the tough choices which need to be made.
We therefore welcome the use of what spare resources the Chancellor could find to focus tax cuts on encouraging firms to take on younger workers, which must be an overriding priority.