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Richard
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10/08/2019 7:16 pm  

What does Faye Gallacher's first budget mean for the UK?

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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 4:53 am  

This budget is about putting the needs of people first whilst being fiscally responsible. Under the government's fiscal trajectory, we will see the day to day spending deficit eliminated by the end of the decade and Britain paying down its debts by the end of the Parliament. 

For too long we've been told that fiscal responsibility was about slashing at the public services we all depend on while giving handout after handout to the richest few. By investing carefully, taxing smartly and pushing forward innovative reform we have shown there is a better, more humane way to be prudent. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 4:57 am  

This is a pro business budget that makes it clear that if you're a business that plays by the rules, encourages growth and innovation and establishes good, well paid jobs - we'll be on your side. We've shown that by freezing business rates and even cutting them in real terms for small business, making corporation tax for small businesses one of the lowest in the world and cutting the employer tax for national insurance we are happy to encourage and champion businesses and the wealth and job creation they bring to Britain. 

For too long we have been told by the Conservatives that Labour's values of fair play and social justice are incompatible with the needs of businesses. This budget again puts that myth right to bed. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 5:16 am  

One positive development of our recent political culture is the acknowledgement that for too long big gambling bosses have taken advantage of vulnerable people and communities for their own profit, devastating lives in the process. The government will take whatever steps necessary for this to end, both by introducing the legislation but by also raising gambling levy to a third. We believe these are necessary first steps.

However, we will continue to resist calls from the Opposition to introduce an Olympian tax that could see our lottery's good causes fund to be shaved by up to a fifth. After a brilliant Olympics hosted in 2012 with a brilliant performance to boost and stellar British athletes ready to represent us this year in Rio, we've seen the power of the good causes fund in transforming lives and strengthening Britain and we'll refuse to compromise it. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 5:29 am  

Britain is the country of Shakespeare, Hitchcock and the Beatles - possibly the biggest hub of creativity, culture and art the world has ever seen. With cultural monoliths such as Star Wars finding Britain a great home to make business, we want our tax system to reward the creative economy and Britain's cultural standing.

For that reason, we've ensured film and television tax relief has been raised to 30%, to strengthen and reward British cinema and all the benefits it brings to our culture and our economy. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 5:54 am  

The Conservatives may like to engage in conspiracy theory, but rest assured a government compromising of the Liberal Democrats that created the triple lock and the Labour Party which near eradicated pensioner poverty will ensure our elderly get every resource we can give them. 

This budget, we've protected the triple lock and pensioner benefits whilst ensuring we invest even more in pensioners who are most in need so we can continue the fight against pensioner poverty, taking the bold and necessary steps to ensure those who've worked hard all their lives won't go under the breadline once they retire. It's the least they deserve. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 3:27 pm  

This budget has shown that the government is going to take the first necessary steps to rebalance our economy so we can ensure the 'Northern powerhouse' is more than just a buzzword. The Conservatives will talk about HS3, but we'll take action and put forward a £50 million preparatory fund for HS3 with plans to introduce legislation to enact it, ensuring that we don't just connect Northern cities to economic hubs but ensure Northern cities themselves can become economic hubs. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 3:32 pm  

Labour is the party that created the NHS, and this Labour led government has taken the necessary steps to invest in our health service to ensure the year after year of NHS winter crisis seen under the Conservatives comes to an end. This year, we've given the NHS the largest cash injection it has seen in its history to make it clear austerity is over for our precious health service. This government knows that the health of British citizens is worth every penny of investment, and we're prepared to make that investment. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 3:38 pm  

We need to tackle inequality at its very root, which starts not in adolescence or even childhood but during pregnancy. To tackle this we need to ensure that every parent has access to childcare: it's good for fairness, good for the economy and good for gender equality which is what this budget does. We've ensured that by giving parents 10 hours free childcare for 0-1 year olds and another 5 hours for 1-3 year olds, to ensure children get access to quality care and free parents up to reach their full potential. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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11/08/2019 3:41 pm  

In this budget we invest over £5 billion in defence spending to ensure we meet our NATO commitments, ending years of austerity inflicted on our military. The Tories have consistently called for austerity on our military and have chipped away at it piece by piece, whereas only Labour understands that austerity has to end for our military too.

While this government has taken commendable work in finding savings for our military, they should be identified to be reinvested into more meaningful aspects of the military - leaving it better off and as efficient as it can be. That is what this budget does. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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12/08/2019 2:12 am  

When discussing how austerity has devastated communities fire services have often been left out of the conversation, with the Tories' cuts leaving thousands of few firefighters out of a job. We know this this makes our homes, families and communities less secure - promoting public safety means more than investing in police, we need to invest in our fire service too. That is why this government has hired 2,000 more firefighters in this budget.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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12/08/2019 3:51 am  

This government wants to invest more, but we need our investments to be smart. And help to buy is the strongest example of wasteful spending. To truly tackle the housing crisis we need to increase supply instead of artificially fuelling demand, making housing more expensive for the many in the process: that is why we believe it should be scrapped. By channeling those funds into building housing and the Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank, we'll ensure we take the most crucial first step in helping people buy their own home: drive housing prices down, not up. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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12/08/2019 4:09 am  

Environmentalism should start at home, and while we've taken wide ranging policies to promote more environmentally friendly sustainability in both how we tax and how we spend. However, the small steps matter too which is why we've invested to ensure the whole ministerial fleet is fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. These small steps will ensure we invest to ensure environmentally friendly practices go right to the heart of government and we practice what we preach. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Caroline Blakesley
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12/08/2019 5:24 pm  

The Chancellor and the government are doubling down on our commitment to help Britons in low pay in this budget. In addition to tougher enforcement of the National Minimum Wage announced in our Low Pay Act, British workers in low pay will see a £400 tax cut this year - and that's regardless of whether they earn more than the personal allowance. And that's £400 more than they would get under the most recent Tory tax plan - which completely ignores the stealth tax on low wage Britons paid through National Insurance contributions. Combined with our investments in the Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, working families in low pay are seeing one of the greatest increases in their incomes in years. This is a budget to boost the financial power of working families and make all working Britons economically secure. And we'll see the benefits as we continue our work to reduce poverty and improve opportunity for every person in our nation.

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Caroline Blakesley
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12/08/2019 5:34 pm  

William Croft has proven once again that he is either out of touch or out of his depth in discussing the real issues that face the United Kingdom. After sparking a diplomatic incident with Pakistan and prostrating himself before Donald Trump for his endorsement, Mr Croft seems to have forgotten the National Insurance is a tax where the burden falls predominantly on working Britons and completely overlooked the fact that, with our changes to National Insurance contributions, every Briton earning under £43000 is getting a tax cut worth over £400. I understand that Mr Croft had to spend his time bemoaning the taxation of millionaires and billionaires - but to forget that National Insurance is a real tax paid by hard working Britons is the height of ignorance.

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