Commenting on the Budget, Liberal Democrat Economics Spokesperson Susan Kramer said: “This is George Osborne’s sweet and sour budget. His sugar tax may seem sweet, but his hidden cuts are sour. This is not a long term economic plan, it is a short term economic scam. “He has missed his targets and is making ordinary people pick up the pieces. Once again his words simply don’t match his actions. “He said he wouldn’t fix the figures to fit the plan, but he has cut vital spending to fit his own arbitrary and unnecessary spending surplus. “He said his budget would act now so we don’t pay later. But he has[…]
This Budget is packed full of policies that deliver Liberal Democrat priorities: Help for lower and middle income earners by increasing the Personal Allowance by further £200 so that from April 2016 the tax threshold increases to £10,800 and from April 2017 to £11,000. By 2017/2018, 27.2 million workers will have benefited from increases in the personal allowance and we will have lifted over 3.7 million out of income tax altogether. Help for children with mental health problems by providing £1.25bn of new funding over the next five years to treat 110,000 more children with mental health issues, and provide rapid access to treatment for new mothers. Help for motorists[…]
You may have already read the comment of Cllr Nick Sandford, in the Telegraph’s Speakers Corner? If not, here’s what he had to say: This year the city council has been more open in its budget making process. The scale of the problem is huge… £25 million of savings are needed in the next financial year alone. Difficult decisions and choices have to be made. It is still very much a budget of and by the ruling Conservative cabinet and one which reflects their priorities but Opposition councillors have been kept informed at every stage of the budget process. Lib Dems have tried to play a positive role in the[…]
Cutting income tax by £700 – by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 – was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. That comes into effect this month and the Budget confirmed that the Liberal Democrats have now been able to go even further. The tax-free threshold will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 for 25m working people since 2010. Liberal Democrat policy is to continue to increase the threshold in the next Parliament to £12,500. The Tories are keen to try and claim credit for our tax cut, but in reality they came into the election arguing for an[…]
Every year for the last three years Lib Dems in government have fought to make sure that the budget delivers tax cuts for working people. Now, we’ve got to do the same again. We’ve come a long way already, delivering a £700 tax cut for over 25 million workers. But we’ve had to fight the Conservatives every step of the way to get these tax cuts on the agenda, every year, at every budget. This year is no different. Commenting, Local Lib Dem city councillor, Darren Fower said: “Unlike Labour and the Conservatives, the national Lib Dems want to deliver an additional £100 tax cut for those 25 million workers,[…]
At the latest budget meeting at the Town Hall, Lib Dem council group leader, Nick Sandford, said his party have consistently opposed the Tory plans to close (or “redesignate”) children’s centres. Lib Dems have consistently supported moves to review the policy and look at alternatives. “We think this Tory policy shows they have the wrong priorities and are making the wrong choices,” Nick said. “They would rather handover £2.2 million to their contractor Amey for grass and tree cutting, rather than spend half of that on keeping children’s centres open. We are paying over £100,000 a year to some senior officers and big special responsibility payments to cabinet members but they[…]
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FACT: 6,910 Peterborough people HAVE been removed from paying income tax altogether! 77,100 have received a cut in their income tax paid! “The announcement that the Income Tax Personal Allowance will rise to £10,000, confirmed in the Budget, means the Liberal Democrats’ top priority at the 2010 General Election has been delivered in full by the Coalition Government.” It means: · A £700 tax cut for 24.5m working people across the UK since the Liberal Democrats came to power. · 2.7m low paid workers will no longer pay Income Tax at all. · For the average family, we have cut the Income Tax bill by a third. · It is[…]