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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: Why have the Government not brought forward an amendment of the law resolution in today’s Budget resolutions? This is almost unprecedented and a tactic used only when the issue to be dealt with is urgent. It will restrict the ability of hon. Members on both sides of the House to move amendments and to address the range of economic and social needs of our community.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I will tell the Chancellor why he did not bring forward an amendment of the law resolution: it is because he wishes to avoid debate on some of the key issues facing our communities. Let me raise one of those questions, which was totally neglected last week in the Budget. The Chancellor received representations from Action for Children, the Local Government Association and Barnardo’s on...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I have taken a vow that I will not throw about any form of book in the Chamber ever again, but may I suggest that we send the right hon. Gentleman a copy of the “Grey Book”, which identified every policy, all costings and all funding sources—including our capital transformation fund—that would build the homes that we need and ensure a fair taxation system? That is how...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: After a disastrous election campaign and a party conference that literally fell apart, yesterday’s Budget’s sole purpose was to revive the fortunes of the Conservative party—and maybe to fend off for a time the Tory pack that has been hounding the Chancellor, week after week. But the Budget showed just how out of touch and cut-off from the real world of the economy and from...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I will take some interventions, Madam Deputy Speaker, but I am cognizant of what you have said about the need to ensure that everyone can speak. On the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey), we all knew that the election of a Tory Government would set us back; what we did not appreciate was that it would set us back a century. Average annual pay is...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: There are now waiting lists of 4 million in the NHS, predicted to rise to 5 million because of the lack of investment. We welcome the increase in those in employment, but 800,000 are zero-hour contracts, and we now have more than 2 million people in insecure work. It is no wonder that people are anxious about their futures. As I have said, the Chancellor has borrowed £145 billion...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I welcome the opportunity to respond to the hon. Gentleman. What we have said very clearly is that under our fiscal rule, unlike that of this Government, we will borrow not for day-to-day expenditure but to invest. That investment will grow the economy, and, as a result of that growth, we will cover any need to borrow. That is what any sensible Government is doing right the way across the...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: The issue is that whatever was put forward in the Budget yesterday was so trivial that it will not have the effect that is required. Investment by businesses is the lowest in the G7 countries. The few measures announced yesterday just will not address that. They will not close the gap between the south and the rest of the country by investing in a rail project in the north-east that will...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: Let me just quote the OBR, because it is important. On how the Government will meet some of their targets, the OBR was damning. It said that “the Government has ensured that net debt still falls fractionally as a share of GDP in 2018-19…It has achieved this largely by announcing fresh sales of RBS shares and by passing regulations that ease local and central government control...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: Debt under the hon. Gentleman’s Government has gone up by nearly £800 billion, and it is debt to pay for failure rather than to pay for investment. If we borrow to invest, we grow the economy, which means that we can put more people to work with more skills and higher wages. They pay more taxes and it pays for itself. That is the lesson that the Government still have not learned....

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I will come back to the hon. Lady. On housing, the Government’s proposed solution for the crisis is inept, and counterproductive. The stamp duty cut for first-time buyers will not bring forward the new homes that we need. No wonder the OBR expects only 3,500 additional sales to happen because of the change. It says that thanks to the price rises “the main gainers from the policy...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: The hon. Member for Taunton Deane was first.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I know that the hon. Lady is well intentioned, but she has displayed ignorance of what large numbers of people are experiencing. May I suggest this to her—[Interruption.] I do not wish to be patronising. [Interruption.] If that is the way it is interpreted, it is not how it is meant to be. I just say that all of us, who are on relatively high wages, need to be very careful when talking...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I will come back to the hon. Gentleman. The number of people sleeping on our streets has doubled since the Conservatives came to office in 2010. More than 3,500 people were forced to sleep on the streets last year. Some 80,000 households are living in temporary accommodation because councils simply do not have anywhere to house them. I repeat: in the sixth richest country in the world, there...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I ask the hon. Lady to re-examine the history of that period. I point her to the Kickstart programme, which was developed by the Labour Government to enable building to happen in the public and private sectors. I understand what she is saying; she is right that that time was an immensely difficult period for the economy, and that many people suffered, but her party supported the policies to...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I will come back to the hon. Gentleman. The additional funds put in place amount to £1 returned for every £10 that the Government are cutting from the system. This means that those claiming universal credit will now have to take their first payment as a loan, so they will face 12 months of reduced payments. What has the Chancellor offered to some of the most desperate people in the...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: It is absolutely shocking when, as a society, we are looking to integrate everybody into the mainstream as best we can. It means that those children will be deprived for the rest of their lives. More than 4,000 children with an approved education, health and social care plan are still not receiving the provision they are entitled to, which confirms what my hon. Friend reports. The Local...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: Under the figures that have been announced this week in the Budget, there will be more of this. There will be more rationing. There will be more people suffering. There will be more people’s lives put at risk. Under this Government, 4 million people are now waiting for care—the highest level in a decade. More than 100,000 patients were left waiting more than two weeks to see a...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I have given way to the hon. Gentleman, and I am worried about making sure, as you said, Madam Deputy Speaker, that other people are fully involved. The Chancellor was able to offer nothing for these staff. The cap is not being removed, because, as the Treasury briefed once the Chancellor sat down, any pay rises the pay review boards offer above 1% must be taken from existing budgets. It is a...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: That is exactly it. That is how the Government, up until now, have avoided their responsibility to ensure that civil servants have a proper pay rise. For those in social care, with the system still approaching what the Care Quality Commission calls “tipping point”, the Chancellor has not offered a single penny either. Let me turn to the environment. The Chancellor had a few choice...


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