SMEs a priority says Browne
Fianna Fáil Deputy James Browne says supporting the self-employed and small to medium sized businesses will be one of his top priorities in the months ahead.
He said Fianna Fáil has a detailed jobs plan which aims to create 250,000 new jobs by 2021 by supporting Irish enterprises.
'One of the issues that arose again and again throughout the election was how self-employed people feel abandoned by government. I believe much more needs to be done to support self-employed people in creating employment in communities across Wexford. To help achieve this we plan to equalise tax treatment of the self-employed by increasing the earned income tax credit by 300 per cent to €1,650.
'I will also work with my colleagues to reform commercial rates to make the system work for small businesses. At the moment commercial rates are prohibitively high and are preventing start-up businesses from expanding. There needs to be some degree of flexibility in the system to give small businesses the breathing space they need to grow.