CLIMATE GETS CANNED - OUR RESPONSE TO THE BUDGET


“The two groups losing out big time from this budget are people concerned about the climate, and freelancers who will be hit with big tax hikes even where they’ve been playing by all the rules”, said Gideon Amos, LibDem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Taunton Deane responding to the budget.

“The two groups losing out big time from this budget are people concerned about the climate, and freelancers who will be hit with big tax hikes even where they’ve been playing by all the rules”, said Gideon Amos, LibDem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Taunton Deane responding to the budget.

“The decision of the courts to uphold the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions and overturn the Government's Heathrow policy makes it very unlikely that the projected £27 billion for new roads will ever happen. The budget is re-announcing it as if proceeding anyway is not a problem. It’s time the Conservatives caught up with the need for more public transport, which is cleaner and more environmentally friendly”.

“Projects like improved rail links for Taunton and Wellington don’t get a mention - hardly surprising when the budget allocates £27Bn for roads but only £1Bn for public transport! No wonder our villages on the roads to Chard and Wells are set to lose their bus services”.

“The other big losers are small contractors, espesially in the construction industry. Without the change of heart thousands were hoping for today, the new IR35 rules will hit with a vengeance as the biggest hirers are being spooked into getting rid of all their current contracts. Where new ones are issued they involve workers often losing 20% to 30% of their income every year, even when they have been paying their taxes diligently for decades”.

“For everyone else the Coronavirus crisis exposes both the drastic cuts made in the NHS by the Conservatives and the failure to address the growing crisis in personal care for older people, who are most vulnerable to the virus. Epidemics come and go and huge investment is needed so public services are ever ready”.   

“LibDems want a budget that puts mental health and wellbeing at its centre, which is why we have demanded 1p on the rate of tax to give the NHS the extra £6Bn per year it needs. In this way our budget would put resources into alleviating the stress and anxiety of many, as well as tackle the climate threat, we would call that a ‘wellbeing budget‘, an approach being piloted in New Zealand. We need a liberal budget that puts care, fairness and the planet first”.

“Unfortunately this budget is a case of action on the climate getting canned again,” he added. 


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