The Economy

Part of Council Tax Rebate – in the House of Commons at 4:17 pm on 31st March 2009.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 4:17 pm, 31st March 2009

Of course I am sympathetic to those who are desperate to keep their jobs and to people who have lost their job. I would like to help them by providing a national insurance rebate for employers who take them in. The problem is identifying the cost of the hon. Gentleman's proposal. He asks a good question. I think that I am right that he opposed the Government's VAT cut and proposes that they should give back that money. Perhaps he will suggest that they use it for his scheme. So that we have it on the record, will he confirm that he does not support the Government's principal fiscal stimulus—the VAT cut?

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