Tory tax planners woo small firms. By Dan Martin
The merger of national insurance and income tax into one system is among the small business friendly measures included in the Conservatives' new policies aimed at boosting UK SMEs.
Shadow chancellor George Osborne said although small businesses are the "lifeblood of the economy" they are often neglected in the political debate by discussion of tax levels and big companies.
Launching his party's new plans during a visit to the headquarters of lobby organisation the Forum of Private Business (FPB), Osborne said the Tories would examine the feasibility of aligning income tax and national insu