Our War on Waste roadshow made its first stop at Harlow earlier today. We met up with local supporters in the town centre to tell people how the Government and Harlow and Essex councils are wasting money. Money that should be left in local people’s pockets by cutting Council Tax,. Examples include spending £20,000 on a glossy magazine to boast about themselves. We were joined by local MP Rob Halfon along with journalists from the Harlow Star and the Essex Chronicle.
Next stop Ipswich! Find out where else we’re visiting by clicking here
I wrote for City AM this morning on the Public Accounts Committee report and merging National Insurance with Income Tax:
JUST days after the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a damning report, describing tax authorities as “unable to cope” with the number and complexity of UK tax reliefs, it has emerged that the chancellor is considering abolishing employee’s National Insurance and merging it into income tax. This is genuinely great news. With a tax system that takes Tolley’s tax guides over 17,000 pages to explain, scrapping an unnecessary charge like National Insurance would yield significant simplification benefits.
Chancellor George Osborne will unveil plans to merge National Insurance with Income Tax in the manifesto for the general election. He also came “within a whisker” of implementing the reform in Budget 2014, according to reports in the Times and the Independent. This is great news and comes not a moment too soon. Continue Reading
The Commons Public Accounts Committee chaired by Margaret Hodge MP has published a report drawing attention to the use of reliefs in the tax system as a tool of government policy. The report slammed the tax authorities as:
unable to cope with the demands of an increasingly complex tax system, including tax reliefs. Tax revenues as a proportion of GDP remain stable over time but the tax code becomes more complex year on year. In March 2011, the Office of Tax Simplification reviewed 155 reliefs, and recommended that 47 should be abolished. While this led to the removal of 43 of these reliefs, a further 134 new reliefs have been introduced since 2011. Each new relief complicates the tax system, and increases the length and complexity of British tax law. Continue Reading
West Country local supporters gathered for our latest War on Waste action day on historic Plymouth Hoe next to Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Famous Devon sea captain Sir Francis Drake set out from Plymouth to defeat the Spanish Armada and we only thought it appropriate to protest at the encroachment of another bloated vessel—big government—by posing beneath his fine bronze statue on the Hoe. We then headed towards the city’s council building and handed out our War on Waste booklets in the city centre. Continue Reading