Labour rebels defy party whip to vote against budget tax cuts

04 November, 2018, 10:14 | Author: Homer Porter
  • LONDON ENGLAND- NOVEMBER 21  Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond prepares his speech in his office in Downing Street ahead of his 2017 budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond talked up the fact that point when people start paying the 40p tax rate would increase next year, so earnings up to £50,000 would be at the lower rate.

Asked at a press conference in Oslo whether her government was planning to send the nation to the polls, she said: "No". The Prime Minister promised us a Halloween treat but it was just another trick. "That would not be in the national interest".

Philip Hammond's budget, which was billed as marking an end to austerity, will actually benefit rich families 14 times more than the poor, new analysis has revealed. "Now we must pull together to build the bright, prosperous future that is within Britain's grasp, if we choose to seize it".

"We've now turned a corner and we are able to give Britain a bit of good news".

The digital services tax will be paid by companies that are profitable, he said, and making at least £500 million ($640 million) per year in global revenues.

"There's a whole range of examples of people I think that will be crushingly disappointed as a result of yesterday", he said.

A group of 20 Labour MPs have defied Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to vote against Tory tax cuts for high earners.

Mr Hammond also insisted today that the budget was not a stepping stone to another election.

Despite this some want us to try to single out, and prevent, the threshold changes the government is introducing in this Budget.

The Chancellor dismissed suggestions that he had chopped down the "magic money tree" and burnt the lot. "One might question the chancellor's claim to be taking a "balanced" approach".

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Labour is set to table Budget amendments calling for income tax rises for high earners.

He said that Office for Budget Responsibility projections, which the budget is based on, assume Britain will have a negotiated free trade deal.

"What I will be doing is setting out a path of public spending that will take us from the spending review onwards, but the detailed allocation to different departments is something that is for next year".

"The scale would be very hard to predict, given the lack of precedent".

Hammond said that tax rules have "simply not kept pace with changing business models", and he warned that it was "clearly not sustainable or fair that digital platforms businesses can generate substantial value in the United Kingdom without paying tax here".

The changes had been due to come into force in 2020.

The European Commission is said to be seeking a rate of 3 percent.

"Income tax is devolved and raising the higher rate threshold should not be a priority for the Scottish government, we need a distinctive tax that meets the needs of the people of Scotland".

While total spending, including the effect of inflation, is set to rise, spending as a fraction of national income will fall slightly.

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