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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Election Update - Raving Loonies!

By Anna Purdue

This week the Monster Raving Loony Party has released its manifesto for the General Election. While the party’s policies are clearly ‘outlandish’ and rather unique, they can be credited for publishing policy statements with clarity - something that is sadly lacking in the main parties' Manifestos.

Will the lack of clarity over the economy finally be put to rest with the last of the three Leaders’ Debate tonight? We're all hoping that details over the economy will be disclosed and the electorate will finally have some clarity over what we can expect from the future government.

The 'poll of polls' has barely changed over the past week and the current percentages are – Labour 27%, Liberal Democrats 29% and Conservative 34% . Will we see a dramatic change tomorrow? We will have to wait and see...

The issue of National Insurance Contribution rises for employers continues to be an issue for Chamber members. The policy team have devised a spreadsheet which will help you to see how the three parties’ policies on national insurance will affect employment costs for your business. Businesses have found the spreadsheet extremely handy as an indicator of the possible costs and therefore we thought it would be useful to re blog the link.