Following the Government’s job summit held today, Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Chris Hannant, said: 

“The priority for now should be helping businesses keep jobs.  The top issue for business is protecting cash-flow. The government can help by cutting business taxes, ensuring banks maintain credit facilities and delivering flexibility on tax payments.

“It is right that the government thinks about measures to address long term unemployment - but these will be more effective when a recovery starts.  To help people back to work the government should abandon plans to tax job creation; it has proposed to increase employer National Insurance contributions in 2011.”