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Small businesses to benefit as Rural Rate Relief raised to 100%

Rural Rate Relief is to be increased to 100% giving small businesses a tax break worth up to £2900.

Who gets rural rate relief?

  • if your business is in a rural area with a population below 3,000
  • if you are the only village shop or post office, with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • if you are the only pub or petrol station, with a rateable value of up to £12,500

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Last tin mine in Cornwall on track for re-opening

South Crofty near Camborne has been closed since 1998 Credit: ITV News West Country

The company behind plans to re-open the last working tin mine in Cornwall says it hopes to finish preliminary work by next spring.

South Crofty near Camborne closed in 1998. It was bought by the Canadian firm Strongbow in July.

Strongbow says an announcement about re-starting production will be made once tests are completed on the safe disposal of contaminated water.

Jail for man who conned elderly into buying home alarms

The trial took place at Bristol Crown Court Credit: PA

A cold calling criminal who conned elderly and vulnerable people out of more than £150,000 has been jailed for five years and disqualified from being a company director for eight years for his part in a fraudulent home alarm business.

Daniel Jody Rivers aged 34 from Yatton, Somerset, a director of ABHG Ltd and also trading as Homeguard UK, was found guilty of fraud and breaching consumer protection legislation at Bristol Crown Court.

Victims were falsely informed that Rivers’ company was working with the local police and they were installing alarm systems either free of charge or at a reduced rate for their post code area. Others were persuaded to have existing working alarm systems deactivated in order to have a new alarm system fitted by ABHG.

Many of the victims lived alone, were elderly and vulnerable. Today’s sentence fully reflects the seriousness and extent of Rivers’ callous exploitation of those poor victims he deliberately targeted.

I would like to send my heart-felt thanks and sympathy to those victims coming forward to provide the crucial evidence in crown court necessary to secure this conviction.

– Cllr Fi Hance, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Trading Standards at Bristol City Council

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MP to meet GKN staff facing job cuts

The future of GKN in Yeovil is in doubt Credit: PA

The MP for Yeovil will hold a meeting on Friday to explore ways of helping GKN employees facing possible job cuts.

Staff at the aerospace company were told last week that they won't be needed to work on the Royal Navy's Wildcat helicopters, affecting 230 jobs.

Marcus Fysh says he's working with the Government on other opportunities for staff and has arranged for a recruitment agency to attend the meeting.

Marcus Fysh MP Credit: PA
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