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Ali M-W
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Posted - 20/12/2008 :  12:26:01  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
Well, it seems that the Lib Dems are as sick of the tax credit mess rumbling on unsolved than we are, and have made proposals for sorting this mess out.

Both the Lib Dems' 5 point plan and the TCC response can be found here:

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Ali M-W
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Posted - 28/12/2008 :  10:14:42  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
I'm still waiting for Brown's response and something from George Osborne to represent David Cameron...

Not like George to keep us waiting - thought him previously quite supportive.

May have to write and nag.

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Posted - 28/12/2008 :  10:23:03  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
Meanwhile, George Osborne has been hinting at tax cuts:

Tories may promise tax cuts

The Tories could pledge tax cuts to help recession-hit families, savers and pensioners as they bid to shake off PM Gordon Brown's tag as the "do nothing" party.

The Conservatives are set to unveil proposals as part of a New Year drive to regain the initiative on the economy.

Despite the downturn and thousands of job losses, Tory leader David Cameron and shadow chancellor George Osborne have been consistently trailing Mr Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling on ratings for economic competence.

Mr Osborne told the Sunday Times that Labour's reckless spending was turning Britain into the "sick man of Europe".

Unlike the Government's fiscal stimulus, any Tory tax cuts would be funded through curbs on public spending or increases in other taxes, he said.

Mr Brown's proposed increase in National Insurance would be a "priority" for a Conservative administration.

"My priority is to try to reverse the increase in National insurance because it is a tax that affects the vast majority of people in Britain," Mr Osborne said.

"It is a tax on jobs at a time of high unemployment. It is a tax on incomes at a time when people will be under severe strain."

Mr Osborne also signalled help for savers and pensioners - groups hit hard by sharp recent falls in central interest rates.

Tory insiders said one measure being considered was the abolition of income tax on savings, at an annual cost to the Treasury of around 2.4 billion. The threshold at which pensioners start paying tax could also be lifted.

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Something to refer to when I write - that's good!

Obviously the Tories are giving thought to how they can tantalise the public to vote for them next time out, so the stage is set for something better, lets hope.

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Posted - 12/01/2009 :  06:51:28  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
With 2009 likely to be an election year, the Tax Credit Casualties are paying close attention to the policies of the main parties and will be highlighting to them how, in these difficult financial times, their policy on overpaid tax credits is likely to make a big difference to how people will vote. As these policies are made explicit we will share this and compare and contrast how each party plans to deal with this problem, in the interests of a safer, fairer tax credit system. First to respond have been the Liberal Democrats, and we intend to compare their 5 Point Plan to Labour's current policy on tax credit overpayments - which should be available in the near future. We'll use whatever opportunities we have to respond publicly to these policy documents and any announcememts on the running of the system (eg. claimed reductions in official errors) to highlight how our members are still suffering, and to promote our Justice is an Amnesty appeal. Everyone here can contribute as they wish and help be our eyes and ears for leads and announcements, because together we are going to bring change. Anyone with a particularly helpful MP is welcome to get in touch and support can be given to help you to use them to the full - especially if you'd like to see them re-elected for their good work to date! You can help them to help us to bring this urgent matter to their party's attention, and ultimately to help themselves secure the public vote. If you want to know more, please contact me at ali@taxcc.org .

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