The other possibility is that No 10 is floating a number of possible tax rises in order to soften up Tories about the idea of loosening constraints on borrowing as an alternative. Sajid Javid, the former chancellor ousted by a ploy to sack all his advisers, was opposed to weakening his own fiscal rules just months after setting them at the election. … [Read more...] about Tory MPs to warn against raising fuel duty in budget
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McDonnell also criticised May’s party for providing few projected costings for its pledges. He contrasted the Tory manifesto with Labour’s, which offers a supporting document of assumed costs and tax revenues, and he predicted that this could be a tipping point in the election campaign. … [Read more...] about Tory social care plans fail to tackle basic funding challenge, IFS says
Why is it a problem with some Conservatives?The idea does not sit well with a party that is strongly associated with wealth creation and private asset ownership. In 2012, Tory ministers fought their Liberal Democrat coalition partners, who favoured the idea of a mansion levy, describing it as a homes tax that “would not happen on our watch”. … [Read more...] about How will the Tories’ budget plans affect taxes?
Mr Zahawi told Sky News: 'He (Mr Johnson) is focused to make sure that I, as the business minister, get the money out the door to those businesses. That's what he has tasked me to do. He's made sure that the ministers in the Department for Local Government activate the Bellwin Scheme, that's what Robert Jenrick has done. … [Read more...] about Britain turns to bog: Aerial photos reveal devastating impact of floods that have left thousands homeless – as thousands more hold their breath with nine rivers rising to record levels and even more rain on the way
Yesterday's report said that growing numbers of potholes risk damage to cars, dangerous manoeuvres by drivers trying to avoid them, and high chances of injury for cyclists and walkers. Based on RAC figures which counted 561,000 potholes across the UK last year, it said that if the £500million a year pledged in the Tory manifesto is found, numbers will reduce to 413,000 by 2030. However, it suggested there will be a 16 per cent increase to 651,000 without the cash. … [Read more...] about £5 BILLION is needed to fight the pothole plague as tens of thousands more could endanger drivers, cyclists and pedestrians if the government fails to act