Friday, 25 October 2013

Liberal Democrats Blocking Far-Right Conservative Policies

The Conservatives on their own cannot build a fairer society. In Government we have blocked Tory plans to:

  • Allow bosses to fire staff at will
  • Regional pay penalising public sector workers in the north
  • Let schools be run for profit
  • Tory backbenchers have shown their true colours in recent months, not least when a group of them released their Alternative Queen’s Speech, which included plans to:
  • Bring back the death penalty
  • Ban the burka
  • Privatise the BBC
  • Introduce an annual ‘Margaret Thatcher Day’

On Conservative attempts to take credit for raising the Income Tax threshold:
Cameron to Nick in the first leaders’ debate: “I'd love to take everyone out of their first £10,000 of income tax, Nick. It's a beautiful idea, a lovely idea. We cannot afford it”
Raising the tax-free threshold to £10,000 was on the front page of our manifesto. It was not in the Conservative manifesto.

The Conservatives’ top tax priorities at the last election were cutting Inheritance Tax for millionaires and giving some married couples a tax break.

Danny Alexander said this week:
“The Conservatives are apparently considering a proposal for their manifesto to increase the personal allowance to £12,500. An almost identical idea to our own policy of raising the personal allowance to the minimum wage that we first passed in our spring conference of 2012 and reaffirmed just one month ago at our Autumn conference in Glasgow. Once again, it is the Liberal Democrats who are shaping the future of the British tax system. 
“At every Budget and Autumn Statement since, we have made increasing the personal allowance our number one priority. The same cannot be said of the Tories. Before the election it was Inheritance Tax cuts for the very wealthy. Then it was reducing the top rate of income tax. And at their conference last month it was a tax break for married couples which doesn’t even benefit a third of married couples, and will cost the equivalent of £28 for every income taxpayer. But it is our policy of increasing the personal allowance that has already delivered the biggest set of tax cuts for people on low and middle incomes in a generation and which will deliver another tax cut this April.”