There is a contradiction in government policy on helping small businesses. On one hand, it wants more people to start up their own companies and is considering a range of tax breaks. Yet it is prepared to choke off existing firms with extra and (in many cases) unaffordable costs, including the proposed increase in the minimum wage by 50 cent to €9.15 an hour
The increase, almost 6 per cent, far outstrips the rate of inflation....
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