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Harlow Labour leader backs Sir Keir Starmer’s call for emergency budget

Elections / Mon 25th Apr 2022 at 07:03am

LABOUR is calling for an emergency budget to bring forward more measures to tackle the cost of living crisis.

Surges in fuel, energy and food prices are hitting people’s pockets, with inflation running at a 30-year high.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC’s Sunday Morning show the government’s response had been “woeful” and demanded further measures like a windfall tax on energy firms.

Labour has now outlined five policy demands for an emergency budget, including its ongoing call for the windfall tax – saying they would use the money to cut household bills by up to £600 – and cancelling the NI rise.


The other measures include:

A discount on business rates for small and medium sized businesses

A “rapid ramp-up” of installing insulation into homes across the country to save on energy bills

An investigation by the National Crime Agency into taxpayer money lost through fraud

Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme, Sir Keir said the rising cost of living was “the single number one issue” for people across the UK.

“They’re really struggling to pay their bills, and the response of the government in the Spring Statement was woeful,” he said.

“They’ve made a bad situation worse.

“What we are calling for is an emergency budget to deal with the cost of living crisis.”

Harlow Labour group leader Chris Vince has backed Sir Keir’s plan.

Cllr Vince said: “I back Keir Starmer’s call for an emergency budget. I have said before that the Conservative chancellor’s response to the cost of living crisis has been woefully inadequate and we know for people in Harlow things are going to get worse not better unless action is taken.”


A Downing Street source said the PM was working to ease the burden on families.

They said the PM was also focused on growing the economy, adding the Queen’s Speech, where the government outlines its future policies, was coming up and these issues were “utterly central to what the government is trying to do”.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his own plans to address the cost of living during his Spring Statement last month.

They included a cut to fuel duty, raising the threshold at which people start paying National Insurance, and pledging to cut the basic rate of income tax before the next general election.

But he resisted appeals to scrap the rise in National Insurance (NI) – which came into force this month – to raise funds for the NHS and social care, and was accused by charities of not doing enough for poorer households. 

Labour has now outlined five policy demands for an emergency budget, including its ongoing call for the windfall tax – saying they would use the money to cut household bills by up to £600 – and cancelling the NI rise. 

The other measures include: 

  • A discount on business rates for small and medium sized businesses
  • A “rapid ramp-up” of installing insulation into homes across the country to save on energy bills
  • An investigation by the National Crime Agency into taxpayer money lost through fraud 

Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme, Sir Keir said the rising cost of living was “the single number one issue” for people across the UK. 

“They’re really struggling to pay their bills, and the response of the government in the Spring Statement was woeful,” he said. 

“They’ve made a bad situation worse.

“What we are calling for is an emergency budget to deal with the cost of living crisis.”

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7 Comments for Harlow Labour leader backs Sir Keir Starmer’s call for emergency budget:

Adam
2022-04-25 07:44:44

As always with labour they are so close but miss the point . Yes business rates needs abolishing, but it needs to go further, NI increase should be overturned. VAT should be abolished totally (it has a massive overhead), corporation taxes should be reduced to 5% - 10% and income tax should have one tax band at 10%. Council tax should be abolished along with Stamp duty. Funding of this should be covered by fiercely reducing the size of the state - we have 400 ministerial and non ministerial departments in white hall. A full independent audit of government finances should be performed - the waste is phenomenal

Adam
2022-04-25 10:17:33

Marie - Labour do not care about the poorest in society except to keep them in thier place so they keep voting labour. It was labour after all who created the insane property prices we see, pricing out the poorest from home ownership. Labour are the party of the public sector and civil service We need brave leadership - we need a focus on massive government waste and cut taxes and regulation radically.

Tony Durcan
2022-04-25 10:55:10

Doing nothing is not an option so warmly support this initiative. We’re all struggling and it getting worse under the current Tory government . We can’t trust them and we need urgent action to support our community.

Mike
2022-04-25 11:17:28

These elections are about purely local issues. Who is best positioned to run Harlow Council. Labour clearly has no plan and no fresh ideas. They do have a legacy of unmitigated failure, waste and constant council Tax hikes over a decade in control. Harlow cannot afford to have them back. They are totally useless. Let the current Council get on with the job they have started.

Dave
2022-04-25 15:34:35

Not a fan of labour of conservatives but let’s remember the local tax hikes have been made by the county council and as pointed out last week conservative councils across the country charge more and do less than ones controlled by other parties. Under the conservatives taxes have been hiked at all levels for working people whilst services are cut.

Connie
2022-04-25 16:55:55

Dave, Harlow Conservative Council cut the local element of Council Tax and also cancelled the previously proposed Labour increase. They were the only authority in the UK to do so. Equally importantly, their Budget shows absolutely no cuts to Council Services. They used excess reserves built up over years for no purpose to reduce tax. They, like every other authority is subject to sign off by the Statutory Section 151 Council officer who is under a legal duty to ensure the financial position of the Council is sound. That was done. It is all a matter of public record.

David Forman
2022-04-27 02:19:48

Only two of Labour's 5-point plan would have any immediate effect on the average person's cost of living, such as scrapping the NI rise, but even the Windfall Tax would take time to collect. The other three measures, given we are heading towards Summer, would have little or nothing to offer relief from the cost of living crisis. Labour should be promoting an industrial strategy that prioritises manufacturing, creating Industrial Training Boards with training grants to revitalise vocational training and an Investment Bank concentrating its money in new technology but made conditional upon youth employment targets. Perhaps state control of the energy utilities would be a good start, but Starmer dropped Jeremy Corbyn's idea. Also, a tax grab on the excess profits of the supermarkets and imposing price controls would be useful.

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