David Sterman, a senior policy analyst for New America, told Business Insider: "ISIS continues to exist in Iraq and Syria, and its long history of resilience and resurgence after supposed defeats including the much-heralded 'surge' suggests that it could well — given the right circumstances — pose an even greater threat in Iraq and Syria, particularly if tensions with Iran prevent coordinated international efforts to suppress it. … [Read more...] about ISIS is BIGGER now than when it took over Iraq and Syria and it’s making a COMEBACK
Raise money through a series of stealth taxes, including a significant increase in insurance premium tax that will hit motorists, homeowners and tourists. Crack down on a tax avoidance loophole that allows television stars to be paid “off the books”. Save £1.2bn by reforming personal independence payments to the detriment of over 600,000 disabled people. Raise the personal allowance rate at which people start paying tax by £300, bringing it closer to the £12,500 target by 2020. Raise the amount at which people are drawn into the 40p tax rate. Provide incentives to build new market towns and “garden suburbs”. Provide up to £2,000 in tax allowances for people who sell goods online or rent their home out for extra money. Topics Owen Smith … [Read more...] about Budget 2016: Labour attacks government’s Help to Save scheme
Frank Field, Labour chair of the Commons work and pensions select committee, backed calls for a rethink: “Desirable as it is to increase higher-rate tax thresholds, it is a secondary issue when there are so many legitimate demands from lower-paid workers who are still waiting to experience the benefits of the recovery. Any spare money should go to local authorities to help them set up services to minimise the impact of welfare cuts because of the move to universal credit.” … [Read more...] about George Osborne accused of hitting most vulnerable with tax plans
The chancellor’s line, repeated endlessly in his seven previous budgets, is that he has been doing what Labour failed to do: mend the roof while the sun is shining. If that was true, the economy ought to be able to withstand weaker Chinese growth, wobbles in the financial markets and the continued sluggishness of the eurozone. The world economy is slowing not crashing, and it doesn’t say much for the quality of the chancellor’s repair job that the rain has started to come in. … [Read more...] about Budget 2016: is George Osborne asleep at the wheel of UK’s economy?
Phil Reynolds, policy and campaigns adviser at Parkinson’s UK, said: “This is a devastating step backwards for people with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s impacts on every aspect of a person’s life and the government’s announcement that it will cut points in this way is absolutely senseless.” … [Read more...] about Cuts ‘will see 200,000 disabled people lose £3,000 a year’