Tag Archives: George Osborne

Autumn Statement

The welfare state is unaffordable, George Osborne will tell MPs this week, and permanent cuts will be required to make the public finances “sustainable”. The Chancellor will use his Autumn Statement on Thursday to set out more details of a new cap on welfare spending after the next general election. It is an attempt to […]

New solution to Tory Cuts

David Cameron has called in the Samaritans. Not for the Tory MPs who moan so much that their condition appears terminal, but for the civil servants forced to deal with angry and frustrated members of the public. Mandrake hears that the charity’s workers have been giving civil servants at departments such as health training in […]

Balancing Act – UK Conservative Party Conference 2012

The government is determined to cut a further £10bn from the benefits budget to fight the deficit, Chancellor George Osborne has told the Tory conference. One idea he suggested was limiting the number of children in a family that should be supported on benefits. He said the better-off would pay more in taxes, but the […]

That’s Rich

Chancellor George Osborne says he is “shocked” that some of the UK’s richest people have organised their finances so that they pay virtually no income tax. The Daily Telegraph reported that a study by HM Revenue and Customs showed the very rich had reduced their average income tax rate to just 10%. George Osborne said […]

Cash for Canapes

Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas has resigned after secretly filmed footage showed him apparently offering access to the prime minister for a donation of £250,000 a year. He made the claim to Sunday Times reporters posing as potential donors. He said £250,000 gave “premier league” access, including dinner with David Cameron and possibly the chance […]

Chancellor makes autumn statement on the state of British economy

Chancellor George Osborne has said public sector pay rises will be capped at 1% for two years, as he lowered growth forecasts for the UK economy. The number of public sector jobs set to be lost by 2017 has also been revised up from 400,000 to 710,000. Borrowing and unemployment are set to be higher […]

House of Cards

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Objectively Disordered #ombh

In December the UK coalition government announced that as well as reducing the bill for Disability Living Allowance by 20%, they now intended to abolish the benefit meant to help pay for the additional costs of being disabled and replace it with a harsher ESA-style “Personal Independence Payment”. A foreshortened public consultation over Xmas and […]

PIPsqueak

All 3 million disabled people, including pensioners and children, who receive allowances will be forced to undergo periodic medical tests to justify the payments under proposals outlined today. Ministers propose to end the automatic right to Disability Living Allowance, worth up to £70 a week for care and up to £50 a week for travel […]

The Daily Mail says ‘No’

The welfare system is also there to help people of a working age when they lose their job, have a disability, start a family and need help with low pay. But the truth – as everyone knows – is that the welfare system is failing many millions of our fellow citizens. People find themselves trapped […]