Steve Gee

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Epsom & Ewell

  • Steve Gee

    I am your Liberal Democrat Candidate for the General Election.

    This blog gives you my views on current political issues.

    It also covers some Lib Dem
    policies that I think are particularly important.

    Steve

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    98 Nork Way,
    Banstead,
    Surrey SM7 1HP.
    01737 362810
    steve@steve4epsom.com

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Posts Tagged ‘#Economy’

Fair taxes

Posted by Steve Gee on Thursday 18 May 2017

In order to balance the books and build a sustainable economy for the future we must ensure that everyone pays their fair share. Liberal Democrats have a longstanding commitment to fairer taxation, and in government we raised the personal allowance for Income Tax. It remains our ambition to make taxes fairer and simpler, to help those on low and middle incomes, and to ensure that those on the highest incomes, and large international companies, make a fair contribution. We will:

  • Aim in the long-term, and as resources allow, to raise the employee national insurance threshold to the Income Tax threshold, while protecting low earners’ ability to accrue pension and benefit entitlements.
  • Ensure those with the highest incomes and wealth are making a fair contribution. We have identified a series of distortions, loopholes and excessive reliefs that should be removed. These include reforms to Capital Gains Tax and dividend tax relief, and refocusing entrepreneurs’ relief. We would reverse a number of the Conservatives’ unfair and unjustified tax cuts, including:
    • The cutting of Corporation Tax from 20% to 17%.
    • Capital Gains Tax cuts.
    • Capital Gains Tax extended relief.
    • The Marriage Allowance.
    • The raising of the Inheritance Tax threshold.
  • Take tough action against corporate tax evasion and avoidance, including by:
    • Introducing a General Anti-Avoidance Rule, setting a target for HM Revenue and Customs to reduce the tax gap, and continuing to invest in staff to enable them to meet it.
    • Reforming Corporation Tax to develop a system that benefits the smallest companies while ensuring the biggest multinationals cannot avoid paying sums comparable to nationally based competitors. We will consult on shifting away from a profits-based tax to one that takes account of a wider range of economic activity indicators, such as sales and turnover.
    • Reviewing the Business Rates system, prioritising reforms that recognise the development of the digital economy, lessening the burden on smaller businesses, and ensuring high streets remain competitive. We will also consider the implementation of Land Value Taxation.
  • Conduct a full-scale review into the burden of taxation and spending between generations to ensure that government policy promotes fairness between generations.

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Abolishing the 1% pay cap

Posted by Steve Gee on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Tim Farron

The Lib Dems want to abolish the Conservatives’ pay cap on the public sector, which limits pay rises for nurses and teachers to 1% per year.

Party leader Tim Farron accused the Tories of treating health workers like dirt. Speaking to the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool, Mr Farron said his party would give the health service the funding it needed by adding a penny to income tax in order to raise an extra £6 billion.

Promising to restore bursaries for student nurses, Mr Farron said that some nurses had been forced to use food banks. He went on: “And you find a prime minister who thinks that’s somehow not an issue, it feeds into a narrative of this Conservative government treating nurses like dirt and I will not have it.”

The end of pay restraint would result in an average additional pay rise of £779 for hospital staff by 2021, whereas if the Tories’ pay cap remains,  a new nurse will be £530 a year worse off by 2021, thanks to rising inflation, while a primary school teacher would lose £550 and an army sergeant £830.

Vince Cable

Former business secretary Sir Vince Cable said: “Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation.

“Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need. Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks – but Theresa May doesn’t care.

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Helping small businesses to grow

Posted by Steve Gee on Tuesday 16 May 2017

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By pursuing a so-called “hard Brexit”, in which the UK would leave the EU’s single market and customs union, the Conservatives have lost the right to call themselves the party of business.

Unlike Labour and the Conservatives, we would stay in the single market. The Conservatives have lost the right to call themselves the party of business. The Liberal Democrats are now.

While the Conservatives focus on giving tax cuts to giant corporations, our focus is on small businesses seeking to grow.

A Lib Dem government would expand the state-owned British Business Bank to make it easier for firms to borrow. It would also review the system of business rates in England and Wales, whose revaluation earlier this year angered many businesses which were left facing bill rises of more than £1,000.

Many firms are struggling to borrow to invest and that is suffocating an economy being propped up on consumer spending.

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The Liberal Democrats’ five priorities for the next five years

Posted by Steve Gee on Thursday 12 February 2015

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The Liberal Democrats have unveiled the party’s five priorities for the next five years.

These five priorities set out the Liberal Democrat agenda for government of building a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone.

1. Prosperity for all 

Creating a stronger economy is about more than just clearing the deficit that’s why we will balance the budget fairly and invest in building a high skill low-carbon economy. To build a strong, green, innovative economy we need to invest in upgrading our national infrastructure and producing the clean renewable energy that will power our future prosperity.

2. Fair taxes 

Creating a fairer society by cutting income tax by an additional £400 by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500.

3. Quality healthcare for all

Creating a fairer society by properly funding our world-class public services by investing in them as the economy grows. This means making sure the NHS has the extra £8bn a year it needs by 2020. Ending the stigma around mental health and putting it on equal footing with physical is vital to building a fairer society.

4. Opportunity for every child

Protecting the education budget from cradle to college, so that every child and young person has the opportunity to fulfill their potential, from nursery school to higher education. Giving children the best start in life by making sure there is a qualified teacher in every class.

5. Our environment protected

Protecting the environment so that future generations are not left paying for the mistakes of the generations before them. Fighting climate change with five Green Laws.

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The Liberal Democrats will finish the job and finish it fairly

Posted by Steve Gee on Thursday 5 February 2015

The Liberal Democrats have set out their strategy for delivering a balanced budget in the next Parliament.

On 5 February Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander outlined the Liberal Democrats’ plans to finish the job of balancing the books by 2017/18, through a mix of tax rises and spending cuts, ensuring that the job is finished fairly.

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This balanced approach means the Liberal Democrats can protect vital public services like schools and hospitals while also looking after the most vulnerable in our society.

The Liberal Democrats will finish the job of balancing the books while protecting vital public services. This will require increasing taxes on the very wealthiest and ensuring big businesses pay their fair share.

The plans outlined do not require any increase in the headline rates of taxation, income tax, national insurance, VAT or corporation tax.

As well as finishing the job of balancing the books, the Liberal Democrats will continue to protect NHS funding and the international aid budget.

The Liberal Democrats will also protect the education spending from cradle to college and will also maintain the triple lock on the State Pension.

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