Monday, 27 April 2009

BUDGET RESPONSE: Labour Government “taxing the many, not the few”

Giles McNeill gives his analysis of Government’s tax and spending plans

Giles McNeill today delivered his verdict on the Budget, which sets out the Government’s plans for taxes and public spending. Giles expressed concern at plans to increase taxes on families and local firms across Lincolnshire.

• National Insurance will be increased for workers and for firms. This jobs tax will discourage businesses from hiring staff, cut people’s pay packets, and mean anyone earning £20,000 a year or more will be worse off.
• National debt will double to £1.4 trillion – this is equivalent to £22,500 of debt for every man, woman and child. Taxes are to rise by £1,000 for every family over the next two years.
• Fuel duty is up 2 pence per litre, and will continue to rise by more than inflation for the next four years, increasing the cost of travelling to work, taking children to school and going shopping.
• Alcohol duty, which was hiked up in December, will rise again as part of the Government’s plans to increase the cost of beer, cider, spirits and wine by more than inflation every year. This punishes responsible drinkers and is putting small local pubs out of business.
• Business rates are rising by £1 billion in the middle of a recession. Business rates are the biggest cost for firms after rent and staff costs. Bills have soared for local firms since the beginning of April, and further large hikes are expected next year too.

Giles said:
“In these tough economic times, families and local firms across (area) are going to pay the price for Gordon Brown’s failings. These aren’t taxes for the few; they are taxes for the many. At a time when people are losing their jobs or facing pay freezes, hard-working families now face smaller pay packets and a higher cost of living thanks to Labour.

“It’s time for change. Conservatives will work to repair our broken public finances and help lead the country out of recession.”

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