`Don't tax parking' call

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The Independent Online
Retailers urged the Chancellor not to introduce a tax on car park spaces in next month's Budget. In its pre-Budget submission the British Retail Consortium said this would tax shoppers and raise inflation without reducing car use. It also urged that any new revenues from environmental taxes should be ring-fenced for spending on improved transport.

The BRC added that the minimum wage would increase the average weekly shopping bill by 3p or less than 0.1 per cent if it were set at pounds 3.50. It urged the level should be based on total pay, including commissions and pension contributions, not just the hourly wage.

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