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Steven Andrews
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14/06/2019 2:36 am  

The Government's approach to helping businesses is dubious at best: They sustain business taxes, eliminating any gains in one cut with other tax hikes, and then they insist that they're helping businesses by forcing loans through government agencies instead of the private sector.  The Government's budget provides higher taxes, crowds out private-sector financing with government bureaucracy, and sets up a regime where the Government gets to pick winners and losers.  It is the same mentality that led to government bloat in the 1970s, and it is a mentality that no businessperson should be happy with.

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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Steven Andrews
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14/06/2019 2:42 am  

Graham Adipuerta is at it again: When he runs out of policy to talk about he falls back on invective against the Conservative leadership.  However, no number of distracting claims of personal invective can cover for how badly the Chancellor botched his income tax presentation.  The Government purported to give people a £1000 tax cut and turned around and only gave them £200.  It is not a personal attack to call out that degree of an error as being either incompetent or misleading.  The better question is why Graham Adipuerta is supporting a government that can't do simple maths!

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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General Goose
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14/06/2019 2:46 am  

Putting aside Steven Andrews's chronic inability to get my name right, he is backing a leader of the opposition and a shadow cabinet that got their own maths about environment spending severely wrong, adopted government spending positions as their own policy and then claimed credit for them, and flip-flopped on manifesto pledge after manifesto pledge in their own shadow budget. Everyone makes mistakes, and it is right that parliament serves as a force for scrutiny and debate. But if Steven Andrews wants a zero-tolerance approach, he should perhaps look to his own party. If he questions the government's investment strategy, he can ask a question to a minister: but he chooses not to. That, in my mind, is telling. 

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
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General Goose
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14/06/2019 2:56 am  

The government's investment strategy is about picking the willing. There are certain types of loaning and investment that are not well-provided for by the private sector - certain types of patient and high-risk capital lending, lending for many infrastructure and housing projects, laying the groundwork for broad economic transitions, such as the need to decarbonise our economy. By providing an investment capacity in this area, we have put British businesses on par with international competitors in countries with more proactive industrial strategies while still preserving the primacy of private-sector innovation and competition. 

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
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Macmillan
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14/06/2019 11:01 am  

It is good to see the Government adopting opposition spending proposals in many areas, such as their newly found desire to ensure that they stop diminishing our prison capacity and their overall desire to re-commit themselves to austerity but there are many areas where the Conservatives have always taken the lead, after all last year the Opposition would have outspent the Government on hospitals, primary care, and schools all whilst cutting the deficit by about £18bn. The Government's u-turn on the issue of the deficit is welcome, but it has only come through them accepting a number of the Conservative Party's spending priorities and practices.

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Macmillan
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14/06/2019 11:04 am  

The Deputy Prime Minister is afraid to admit it but the Government's investment strategy has been a total failure. All we have to show for the aberration that was the deficit's actual increase last year is lower growth and even higher prices than we would otherwise have gotten. £13.5bn of cash thrown at a wall will take us, at least, 13 years to pay back based on the treasury's own statistics if you control for all other spending and tax changes. The Government's investment strategy has failed, they have to admit their mistakes and rectify them.

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Steven Andrews
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14/06/2019 11:06 am  

The Government's strategy can hardly be called 'picking the willing'. If there was a will in the economy for these sorts of initiatives and the business cases were decent, the Government could get far more bang for their buck with a programme of loan guarantees and investment tax incentives than with hiring more bureaucrats. Instead the Government has fallen back on creating new organization after new organization and using the bank levy to force the City of London to subsidize their competition. The Government's behavior in this area is definitely anti-market; the only question is how far they intend to go with it.

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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Macmillan
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14/06/2019 11:09 am  

Due to reckless Government cuts to the Help to Buy Scheme it is in fact completely true that this year the Conservative Party would give the Department of the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change a higher budget than the Government by £10mn. One of the only actually tough decisions the Government made this budget is being used to take £250mn out of the hands of young first time buyers and sees that money being wasted as a small part of the Government's next great investment waste of time and money. The Government have their priorities all wrong in this budget, instead of building a low tax high performance economy they are building a high tax low performance economy. They're causing untold damage to the future of our great nation, damage that must be rectified now with a swift and decisive u-turn before it's all too late.

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Macmillan
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14/06/2019 11:12 am  

The Chancellor's unwillingness to return to the House to correct his statement regarding his tax cuts or to amend his budget to make it true just goes to show that he deliberately and intentionally lied to the House and to the public. The Chancellor should be ashamed of himself, he must resign now or correct the record. The truth is that if you want tax cuts the only place to get them is with the Conservative Party and our £800 Income Tax cut for the average worker.

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John Knox
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14/06/2019 6:11 pm  

Let me clarify a point I made: we have allowed another £1000 to be made before pay as you earn becomes a factor. I apologize if that was unclear by my statement and the budget itself when paired together. But let me breakdown the impact of that PAYE change: 6 million have received a tax cut.  1.2 million Britons will pay no tax this year because we are lifting them out. At the same time we’re cutting the deficit by 25% and 6% faster than the Opposition. That’s a budget I’m proud of, and that’s not a misstatement 

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Steven Andrews
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15/06/2019 9:54 am  

The Government's decision to cut back Help to Buy is yet another regrettable part of their budget.  First, the strongest rises in house prices have been driven not by assistance to working class or middle class families but by an influx of foreign buyers at the higher end of the market, with predictable knock-on effects.  More to the point, however, withdrawing Help to Buy will not only put the dream of a first house out of reach for tens of thousands of Britons every year, it also risks triggering a slide in housing prices that will simply burn those who have bought in recently.

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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Macmillan
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15/06/2019 10:05 am  

The Chancellor lied to the country, he's been caught out on it, now he's doubling down and insisting that that's not what he meant, well sadly for the Chancellor there are over a dozen tweets to the public record exposing his NEW lie as well.

CWardMP: remember. The Tories would ONLY put £800 in your pocket.

And then there's this jibe directed at my good friend the Shadow Business Secretary:

CWardMP: 200 MORE Steven. It’s a small word but it does matter
At the end of the day the public now knows where it stands with this Chancellor, he is a man who will lie to their faces and then when confronted with the truth will lie again to try and get himself out of trouble. He claimed he was cutting the average tax bill by £1000 to outdo the Shadow Budget's £800 tax cut, truth is his cut is only a quarter of what we would give to the hard working men and women of this nation.

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Bertie
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15/06/2019 10:24 am  

This Labour Government has tripled wage growth in one year alone. The average wage is rising at double the rate of inflation and putting more into the pocket of the average worker - Labour has taken 1.2 million earners out of income tax and risen wages twice as fast as prices. Unlike the Conservatives, we have invested in Britain and Britons are better for it. It's clear that Labour is delivering; paid more, worth more, taxed less. Over 6 million Britons will see a tax cut under Labour whilst we continue to cut the deficit and invest in services.

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Bertie
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15/06/2019 10:29 am  

Labour has cut the deficit by a quarter. 6% faster than the Conservatives proposed and we are still investing in our services. This year will see the deficit fall over £25 billion, or a quarter overall, this is Labour delivering on our promise to eradicate the deficit. Labour means responsible economics and strong investment in public services. 6 million earners will see a tax cut, investment in Education and our NHS rising at double the rate of inflation, and the deficit falling. Strong services now, strong finances, and strong prospects for tomorrow.

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Bertie
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15/06/2019 10:34 am  

Labour is delivering on services. We have increaseed NHS funding at two and a half times the rate of inflation, we have increased education funding at double the rate of inflation. In our NHS, we are delivering 1,000 extra beds in our continued investment to cut waiting times. In our schools, we are delivering a further £1 billion of investment in materials for the second year in a row. Labour is delivering strong public services, cutting waiting lists, cutting class sizes, and cutting the deficit by £25 billion all in the same budget. Labour is ensuring we have strong finances so that we can invest in the future, and is investing now so that our services have a future.

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