Posts Tagged “tax”

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #1 – Matthew Parris

by Stephen Tall on June 14, 2012

Welcome to the first in a new series here on CentreForum’s blog — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. […]

A question for the Coalition: Would Lib Dems and Tories support the Charity Tax if Labour had proposed it?

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2012

One of the aspects of the furore over the Coalition’s Charity Tax that has struck me is that charity is a more divisive issue than I’d realised. Those of us who work in the charity sector probably take for granted that our organisations provide a public good, that the aggregated generosity of donors and the […]

Clegg: “no objection in principle” to publishing his tax return

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2012

Today’s Independent on Sunday reports: Nick Clegg has “no objection in principle” to publishing his tax return, aides said yesterday, after senior politicians scrambled to respond to calls for greater US-style openness from public figures. After the four main candidates for London’s mayoral elections revealed their personal tax affairs, the Chancellor, George Osborne, yesterday said […]

Time for Nick Clegg and the Coalition to see sense and stop the ‘Charity Tax’

by Stephen Tall on April 4, 2012

This year’s budget was, in general, a good one for Lib Dems. Most notably, the party’s number one priority of taking more low-paid workers out of tax was fast-tracked, while the controversies, and specifically the cut in the 50p top-rate at a time when pensioners’ tax allowances are being frozen, have hit their Tory backers’ […]

LibLink: David Laws and Tim Farron – Budget 2012: Osborne must help the squeezed middle and tax the top

by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2012

Rumour a-plenty ahead of George Osborne’s third budget. Adding to theose rumours — or, more likely, giving us the inside gen on what’s likely to transpire — are the former Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury David Laws and Lib Dem party president Tim Farron in The Guardian. Here’s an excerpt: Nick Clegg has […]

LDVideo: Nick Clegg – ‘It is only fair millionaires pay their share’

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2012

‘Nick Clegg goes after the ultra-rich’ is how the Telegraph today trails its interview with the Lib Dem leader, in which he signals his determination to write into law a ‘Tycoon Tax’ — a specific minimum rate of tax to ensure people are “paying their fair share” and not “massaging” the system. (Also available on […]

New poll finds 60% of public backs Lib Dem flagship policy of tax-cuts for low-paid funded by tax increases for wealthy

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2012

It’s a month since Nick Clegg made a fresh bid to put the Lib Dems’ flagship 2010 manifesto policy once again front-and-centre: further tax-cuts for the lowest-paid to be funded by higher taxes for the wealthiest. And today came news of what the public thinks of the Lib Dem approach to fairer taxes, with the […]

97% of Lib Dem members back Nick’s call for raising income tax allowance to £10k as immediate priority

by Stephen Tall on February 10, 2012

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 570 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Overwhelming support for ‘further and faster’ tax-cuts for low-paid LDV asked: The Coalition is committed to increasing the […]

LDVideo: Clegg – “the Coalition is calling time on our unfair and out-of-whack tax system”

by Stephen Tall on January 27, 2012

Nick Clegg’s tax cut speech dominated the political headlines yesterday — you can watch a 4-minute snippet below: (Available on the BBC website here.) Here’s what my LibDemVoice colleagues had to say about Nick’s call for lower taxes: Clegg’s call for income tax cuts for the low paid is welcome, but will the Tories back […]

Vince pushes the ‘mansion tax’ – could the Tories yet be persuaded to take tax reform seriously?

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2012

Shock! Horror! Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable advocates Lib Dem manifesto policy! The Telegraph today reports that Vince’s policy — which would levy a 1% annual charge on all properties valued above £2 million — is still on the table as the Coalition writes its second budget: Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, […]