The Mayor says the upper chamber is “wrong to get in the way of the sovereign expression of the will of Parliament”.
Posts Tagged: Tax Credits
The Government is defeated in the Lords on tax credits. What next for Osborne, welfare reform and the constitution?
The savings still need to be made. The Government still struggles to judge Parliament’s mood. And why aren’t Bishops this angry about other injustices?
The Paymaster General reiterates that the tax credit cuts have been debated and voted on three times in the elected House of Commons.
Those opposing the step must specify their alternative proposals – £4.4 billion of extra taxes or debt would be unacceptable.
The Education Secretary tells Andrew Marr that the cuts are part of a package which cannot be unravelled.
The story of the last month is of Osborne’s rapid decline.
The Prime Minister pointed to the Living Wage and tax cuts as softening the blow.
Jacob of North-East Somerset pointed to the alarming possibility that the Prime Minister may soon have a pretext for creating hundreds of new peers.
There must be special measures and exemptions for the self-employed so not to harm the ‘self-employment miracle’.
Interview: David Willetts demands “Beaverbrookism” to bring intergenerational fairness in housing and pensions
Willetts has no objection to getting local councils to build more houses, and “hopes and believes” Osborne will find ways to alleviate the cuts in tax credits.
“I hope we will see again those gems of prudence and wise judgement that drew me to the Conservative Party before it is too late.”
Yes, changes could be made to his plans – and probably will be. But the Chancellor is on the right side of a big, vital argument.
Trying to move Britain from a dependency culture is horrifically difficult, and I cannot see how it can be done without some pain.
Osborne should stand firm on Tax Credits – but raise the National Insurance threshold to ease the pain
The Laffer Curve is relevant to the poor as well as the rich.
Mrs Clooney stole the show by saying nothing, while Osborne looked solemn at the thought of budgeting for the whole country.