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Is Austerity Over?

by David Woodard on 19 December, 2018

For the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to announce that austerity is ending, as they both have done in recent weeks, is an insult to everyone involved in local government. As we are now be too painfully aware, funding for local government has been cut by almost 60% since 2010 and there […]

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Labour’s hypocrisy on Income Tax

by David Woodard on 2 November, 2018

In the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, the personal allowance for basic rate (20%) taxpayers will rise from £11,850 to £12,500 in April 2019, saving all basic rate tax payers £130 a year. The threshold for the higher rate of tax (40%) was increased from £46,351 to £50,000, saving taxpayers earning more than £50,000, which includes very […]

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Council Tax is rising faster than ever

by David Woodard on 31 March, 2018

Local Lib Dems have been analysing the Council Tax bills sent out by Northumberland County Council since the District Councils were abolished and a Unitary Authority was created in April 2009. Our analysis confirms the Conservative Government’s current policy of allowing Council Tax to rise well above the rate of inflation, while it continues to […]

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How HM Government spends your money

by David Woodard on 24 February, 2018

At this time of the year taxpayers receive from HM Revenue and Customs an annual tax summary and a new tax code for the year ahead. They also receive a summary of how their tax was spent. This summary shows that for 2016/17 the lion’s share, i.e., more than 80% and £572billion, was spent on […]

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On Wednesday Northumberland County Council met to decide a budget for the next financial year. This was the first budget set by the Tory administration which was elected in May last year. Council Tax, exclusive of the amount raised by parish and town councils which varies, is set to increase by 5%. For a Band […]

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FAIR TAXES and the Tory Government’s failure to act

by David Woodard on 6 November, 2017

Britain’s secretive offshore empire continues to allow a global elite to shelter their wealth and avoid tax as further leaked papers reveal. The apparent reluctance of a Tory Government to make meaningful progress on closing tax loopholes is perhaps explained by the fact that one of their biggest donors and an advisor is Lord Ashcroft, […]

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Labour’s budget document is 230 pages long and has 14 appendices. Tucked away in Appendix 9 there is one line that says, without any further explanation, ‘Alnwick Garden project contribution £8.5million.’ Jeff Reid, leader of the Lib Dems on Northumberland County Council has queried this item with the Chief Executive. He was told that the […]

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EU Referendum Omnishambles

by David Woodard on 1 July, 2016

Today it is exactly 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme and a huge loss of young lives. Fortunately we now have a Europe where armed conflict between European nations is not a prospect for which the formation of the EU after WW2 and the subsequent cooperation between nations must take […]

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More on Tax Inequality in Britain

by David Woodard on 4 June, 2016

The Sun newspaper has reported that there are ten sites along the North Circular from Wembley in the west to the Olympic Stadium in East London where workers and migrants from in and out of the EU are picked up in trucks and vans to work for £40 a day. This practice by building contractors […]

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“The Unacceptable Face of Capitalism”

by David Woodard on 8 May, 2016

Sir Philip Green, the Arcadia tycoon who was knighted in 2006, has been labelled the “unacceptable face of capitalism” after British Home Stores, BHS, the retailer he sold for £1 last year, collapsed into administration with a £571million hole in its pension fund. Sir Philip bought BHS for £200million in 2000. During his 15-year ownership […]

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