Commenting on today’s announcement that the economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the final quarter of 2012, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“The fact that our economy is shrinking is a further sign that the Government has failed to get to grips with the economic crisis. Taxes are far too high and needlessly complicated, while business remains strangled by red tape, despite promises of reform.
“Meanwhile, the Coalition continues to increase spending which is already unsustainably high. Ministers need to take bold steps to cut spending and taxes in order to stimulate the economy and produce the growth that eludes them. Our unstable, overly complex tax code deters investors and places a heavy burden on families and businesses alike. Until George Osborne undertakes genuine tax reform and eases the pressure on taxpayers, the economic outlook will remain grim.”