Phillip Hammond is right to caution against wasteful spending

March 13, 2018 2:22 PM

For Immediate Release
Phillip Hammond is right to caution against wasteful spending 
Responding to the chancellor's Spring Statement today, John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

"The chancellor is to be commended for resisting irresponsible calls from across the political spectrum to turn on the spending taps for the time being, but he must continue to do so at the budget later this year. It's also encouraging that he managed to resist the temptation to mess around with the tax system and throw money we don't have at vanity projects and interest groups as most of his predecessors have.

There were lots of warm words about job creators and taxpayers in this statement, but if the chancellor is to beat the forecasts as he made clear he wants to, his rhetoric needs to be followed by actions. The country needs tax cuts and pro-growth policies, not reheated spending gimmicks and a consultation on plastic taxes.”
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