Posts Tagged “tax cuts (Lib Dem)”

The graph which shows why the Lib Dem policy of raising the personal allowance is the wrong priority

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2014

Here’s a graph which should make Lib Dems who continue to advocate increasing the personal allowance as an effective way to help low- and middle-income earners sit up and pay attention. It’s from the Resolution Foundation’s report, Missing the target: tax cuts and low to middle income Britain, published yesterday. What it shows is which […]

‘Tax cuts in tough times’ – what I said at the Resolution Foundation

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2014

I spoke yesterday (alongside The Times’s Tim Montgomerie and The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee) at the Resolution Foundation event, Tax cuts in tough times. This marked the publication of their new paper, Missing the target: tax cuts and low to middle income Britain – (…)

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Cameron’s conference: Giveaway budgets are dead! Long live giveaway speeches!

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2014

Politicians don’t do giveaway budgets any more. It seems just too blatant to ‘bribe’ voters a matter of weeks before an election. Instead politicians now do giveaway leaders’ speeches. Nick Clegg pulled a policy rabbit out of the hat last year by finding a spare £500m a year for free school meals for infants. And […]

Lib Dems pledge more tax cuts: after personal allowance raised to £12.5k will also increase National Insurance threshold

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2014

Today’s big announcement from the Lib Dems has been the “plan to cut your tax bill further”. Here’s how The Guardian reports it: The Liberal Democrats are to burnish their credentials as the tax-cutting party for the low paid by floating the possibility of cutting national insurance contributions for anyone earning below £12,500 a year. […]

Chart of the day: how spending on day-to-day public services will have been cut by 37% by 2018-19

by Stephen Tall on April 4, 2014

It is simply not true – as our critics on the left pretend – that we are slashing and burning the state. By the end of this Parliament, public spending will still be 42% of GDP. That’s higher than at any time between 1995 and when the banks crashed, in 2008. Nick Clegg, 10th March […]

New poll: Voters credit low-earner tax-cuts to Lib Dems, Clegg’s ratings spike following Farage debate challenge

by Stephen Tall on March 13, 2014

Here’s a poll finding that will relieve Lib Dems and worry Tories – according to Ipsos-Mori more voters (45%) credit the Lib Dems with the Coalition’s tax-cuts than credit the Tories (33%): The findings are in line with some of the Lib Dems’ own private polling I’ve seen. While it might seem self-evident to Lib […]

Nick Clegg’s “worker’s bonus” – what I said about it on BBC’s Daily Politics

by Stephen Tall on November 19, 2013

I guested on BBC2′s Daily Politics on Monday to discuss Nick Clegg’s announcement that he wants the Coalition to offer a “worker’s bonus” in the next budget, taking the personal allowance up to £10,500 – beyond the £10,000 that was promised by the Lib Dems at the 2010 election. The other two guests were ex-No. […]

David Cameron’s speech: meh, bah and hmm.

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2013

I missed David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative party conference today. Or, rather, I didn’t see or hear it, which isn’t quite the same thing as missing it. Meh But it sounds like, by missing it, I didn’t miss much. There were no dramatic announcements, no new initiatives. Yes, there was talk of the need […]

David Cameron poaches Lib Dem tax-cuts idea. (But that’s not half as annoying as the Tory ideas my party’s trying to claim.)

by Stephen Tall on August 7, 2013

It’s amazing how much more popular with David Cameron the Lib Dems’ flagship policy of taking the low-paid out of income tax is these days… Just today he celebrated delivering an income tax cut for 25 million people and lifting 2.4 million low earners out of tax: There’s still more to do, but I’m proud […]

“We cannot afford it” – Cameron on raising income tax threshold to £10k. In 2010.

by Stephen Tall on May 1, 2013

With a hat-tip to Ed Stradling, here’s a reminder of what David Cameron told Nick Clegg about raising the income tax threshold in the first leaders’ debate: Cameron 2010: “I would love to take everyone out of their first £10,000 of income tax, Nick…We cannot afford it” youtube.com/watch?v=rk5HvJ… — Lib Dem Press Office (@LibDemPress) May […]



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