How will our shops, already fighting for their lives against the internet, survive the new battering from local and central government?

Big chains are collapsing ­— probably because their overheads are killing them.

Despite this, the Treasury has chosen to raise business rates above the rate of inflation.

Councils, meanwhile, are hiking up parking prices.

The Prime Minister said she would help small businesses, but that seems to have been forgotten. ­— D. HINCHLEY, Acacia Road, Balderton.