Myles Langstone is the only candidate in Gower who is committed to three key tax pledges:
· a freeze in council tax for at least two years
· cutting the basic rate of Welsh income tax by 1% within the next 5 years – meaning we are committed to no Welsh income tax rises
· abolishing business rates for small businesses
Welsh Conservatives have confirmed that they will fund a council tax freeze for at least the first two years of the next Senedd term, with the ambition of freezing for the full 5 year term. Council Tax in Wales under Labour has more than trebled since 1998, whilst they have failed to give communities more power over excessive council tax rises.
On income tax, which the Senedd has the power to vary, the Welsh Conservatives have ruled out any rise in Welsh income tax and set out their ambition to cut the basic rate by 1% if the target to create 65,000 new jobs is met by 2025. In contrast, the Labour First Minister recently failed to rule out income tax rises in the next Senedd.
Further to this, the Welsh Conservatives will scrap business rates for small businesses, meaning that all businesses with a rateable value under £15,000 in Wales will no longer pay business rates. Over recent years, business rates have been a significant challenge for local traders, particularly in Wales as Labour have charged the highest rates in Britain.
Myles Langstone, the Welsh Conservative Candidate for Gower, said:
“I am the only candidate in Gower who is standing up for local people and businesses who have been taxed enough. I want families to have more money in their pocket to help with the cost of living and I want our excellent small businesses to be relieved of the burden of business rates to help them prosper. This will also help to protect local jobs.
“We need a representative in the Senedd who is committed to cutting waste and making sure that people are not being asked to keep paying more. After such a difficult time throughout the pandemic, we need a Government with a plan for recovery – and that is what we offer.
“At this election there is a very clear choice in front of people; more of the same from the Welsh Labour Government which wastes taxpayer’s money and then hits us all in the pocket to pay for it OR a change with the Welsh Conservatives and a commitment to keeping more money in your pocket and support to reboot our local economy.”
Responding to Mark Drakeford's recent failure to rule out income tax rises in the next Senedd, Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies said:
"This latest failure to rule out tax rises in the next Senedd is yet another warning for people across Wales that if you vote Labour on 6th May it's going to cost you dearly.
"Labour in Cardiff Bay would hit ordinary Welsh workers and families hard from different directions by holding back our economic recovery and by hitting lower and middle-income earners directly with tax hikes.
"That's the last thing Wales needs and only the Welsh Conservatives will build a better Wales and a stronger economy by ensuring working people keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets."