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Autumn Budget – what our Spokespeople say

The Lib Dems have been hot off the mark with what this Autumn Budget doesn’t do.  Here are 7 failures.

And leading Lib Dems have been speaking out about what the budget really means:

Leader of the Lib Dems Vince Cable MP says

Each person in Britain is set to be £687 worse off per year compared to forecasts before the election.

And as living standards are squeezed, the Government is setting aside £3.7bn to cover the cost of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

The Chancellor found more money in the Budget to plan for Brexit than he did for our struggling NHS, schools and police.

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Economic Implications of Autumn Budget

Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake commented:

“Instead of a bright future for Britain, Conservative plans will see a £65bn hit to tax receipts, slashed wages and higher borrowing.

The Government found £3bn to spend on Brexit, but nothing for our police or social care.

The Chancellor has completely failed to show the ambition needed to tackle the housing crisis, build the infrastructure the country needs or fix Universal Credit.”

And here is the breakdown of the economic costs:

1. £65bn hit to tax receipts: Tax receipts have been downgraded by £65.4 billion over the five-year period compare to …

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Cable: Hammond’s position on public sector pay unsustainable

Chancellor Philip Hammond was quite happy to tell Andrew Marr that his Cabinet colleagues didn’t trust him on Brexit, but not so quick to deny that he’d said that public sector workers were overpaid. Our shadow Chancellor and almost leader Vince Cable had this to say:

I am very surprised by Philip Hammond’s reported comment the public sector workers are “overpaid”. Who exactly is he talking about? Nurses? Teachers? Police officers? Servicemen and women?

There is very clear evidence of chronic shortages and recruitment difficulty in many of our essential services. Basic economics, let alone wider ideas of fairness suggests that Hammond’s position is totally unsustainable.

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  • User AvatarHilton Marlton 20th Jan - 4:01pm
    Great article Caron. Really clear. Thanks for posting it.
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 20th Jan - 4:00pm
    Peter Martin, from the Libdem economic plan https://www.libdems.org.uk/economy "Liberal Democrats reject the Conservative Government’s damaging and irrational commitment to run budget surpluses on both capital...
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 20th Jan - 3:59pm
    from conservative home https://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2019/01/25-questions-about-another-early-general-election.html
  • User AvatarDavid Blake 20th Jan - 3:54pm
    One difficulty for the Tories is that there'd be almighty battles in a few constituencies where there are anti-Brexit candidates. i suppose, though, that a...
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 20th Jan - 3:37pm
    Innocent Bystander, As John Maynard Keynes biographer, Robert Skidelsky has been at pains to point out the role played by uncertainty in shaping economic outcomes...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 20th Jan - 3:34pm
    A refreshing read, good for Tom Brake, coming clean like that. Now, as Richard C. suggests, the benefits of immigration will need to be stressed...