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Windsor MP welcomes increased investment in horseracing

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed the Government’s recent reforms to the Horserace Betting Levy, which ensures a level playing field for betting shops and increases investment in grassroots horseracing.

From April 2017 online and offshore operators will be required to pay a levy on the profits made from bets on horseracing on parity with high street betting shops.

Windsor MP welcomes tax cuts for small businesses

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, welcomes a raft of new tax cuts for small business that will encourage apprenticeships and investment.

From April small business rate relief has been doubled and the employment allowance for businesses and charities will increase from £2,000 to £3,000. It will offset the cost of the National Living Wage, which is being increased to £7.20 – a 7.5% wage increase for people on lower pay.

Fuel duty has also been frozen for the sixth consecutive year that Conservatives have been in power which has held down the costs of doing business particularly for self-employed mobile workers who make use of vans.


The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the figures:

“These policies come from a Conservative Government that is on the side of young people, the lower paid and people who start their own businesses or take up an apprenticeship or, indeed, give something back to the community by taking on an apprentice.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. They have powered Britain’s recovery from Labour’s recession and I sense that our country is back on track.


Note to editors

  1. Adam Afriyie has written at length on education and social mobility. To see his full record please see here and here.
  2. Adam Afriyie has a strong background and interest in science, technology and innovation due to his entrepreneurial background in the IT sector and a variety of posts he has held and/or currently holds, including Shadow Minister for Science, Chairman of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
Adam Afriyie champions job creation in Windsor businesses

The MP for Windsor, Adam Afriyie, spoke up in Parliament to call for further reductions in the jobs tax.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, agreed with Adam’s suggestion, outlining plans to reduce national insurance on apprentices and young people.

As recorded in the House of Commons’ Hansard:

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): It seems to me that we would be wise as a nation to reduce taxation on the activities that we wish to encourage. I therefore very much welcome the reduction in employers’ national insurance, which has created jobs in my constituency, and I suspect in every constituency around the country. Does the Chancellor agree that we would do well to push on with these reductions in employers’ national insurance, which, to all intents and purposes, is a tax on jobs that discourages their creation?

George Osborne (The Chancellor of the Exchequer; Conservative): My hon. Friend is absolutely right that national insurance is a tax on jobs-

Edward Balls (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer; Labour): He is a champion!

George Osborne (The Chancellor of the Exchequer; Conservative): My hon. Friend is a champion of businesses in his constituency. That is one of the reasons unemployment has fallen in Windsor and 2,000 businesses in Windsor are benefiting from our employment allowance. We are going to go on reducing national insurance on employing 21-year-olds and apprentices. The alternative path—the path offered by the Labour party—is to put the jobs tax up. That would increase unemployment and return Britain to the economic mess it was in when Labour was last in charge.

You can watch Adam speak from 18:35 on BBC Parliament at


Adam Afriyie welcomes tax cut for businesses, charities and clubs in Windsor

Adam Afriyie has welcomed new figures showing that 109,000 businesses in the South East have benefited from the new Employment Allowance.

The allowance takes up to £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer in the country, and means a business can now hire someone on £22,400 a year without paying any Employers’ National Insurance at all.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

“Cutting this pernicious Jobs Tax will help businesses create jobs in Windsor, Berkshire and across the country. More people will now have the added security of a regular monthly wage, so they can pay their bills and look after their families.

“Unemployment in Windsor has fallen by over 50% since May 2010, and this cut to National Insurance will help businesses, charities and clubs continue to do their good work creating jobs and prosperity.

“We must also rename Employers’ National Insurance the ‘Jobs Tax’, so that everyone can see on their payslip that their employers are charged for every job they create. This tax must be reduced in the longer term if we want more jobs.

“It’d also be a great idea to merge Employees’ National Insurance and Income Tax into one simple tax, so it’s easier to see how much tax you are paying and simpler to work it out.”


Notes to Editors:

  1. Mr Afriyie’s website:


Adam Afriyie MP says cut to the Jobs Tax will create new jobs and help businesses in Windsor

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, has welcomed the new tax cut for businesses and employers, which takes effect this Sunday.

The new Employment Allowance will take £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer, including businesses, charities and local clubs, taking 68,000 small businesses in the South East out of having to pay any tax on jobs at all.

Employers will be able to hire one extra person on £22,400 a year, or four people working full time on the minimum wage, without paying any National Insurance.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

‘By cutting this pernicious Jobs Tax, Conservatives are putting jobs at the heart of our long-term economic plan. It will make it cheaper and easier for firms to hire new people, giving more people the security of a monthly wage.

‘Unemployment in Windsor has fallen by a third since May 2010. By taking 68,000 small businesses out of National Insurance in the South East, this tax cut will create even more jobs, ending the perverse system where businesses have to pay even more tax to employ people.

‘There are already more than 1.3 million people in work since the election, but the job’s not done. We must stick to our long-term plan to rebalance the economy and build a stronger, more competitive economy.’


Notes to Editors

  1. Mr Afriyie’s website:
  2. The new £2000 Employment Allowance will cut National Insurance for every business and charity by £2,000 from 6 April 2014. Businesses will be able to hire one extra person on £22,400 pa, or four people working full time on the minimum wage, without paying any National Insurance. It means 450,000 small businesses, one third of all employers, will pay no jobs tax at all.
  3. Employment is up by over 1.3 million since the election. In the three months to April 2010, there were 28.842 million people in employment. In the three months to January 2014 there were 30.191 million people in work.
  4. The private sector has created 1.7 million jobs since the election. This excludes the effect of major reclassifications and compares Q1 2010 to Q4 2013.