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  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Scotland Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has today warned that the Conservatives have dug themselves a deep hole as the Chancellor reveals that economic forecasts are plummeting.

    Ms Jardine said:

    "This timid budget shows that the Conservatives have dug themselves a deep hole and have no clue how to get out. With growth forecasts plummeting and their reputation for economic competence in tatters, this was an opportunity for the Chancellor to take bold steps to boost the Scottish and wider UK economies.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Responding to the Chancellor's announcement in his budget this afternoon that police and fire services will not be charged VAT in future, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "The Chancellor has listened to cross party calls to end what has become a VAT anomaly. For our emergency services operating under huge strain this will be a welcome decision.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    The Chancellor's announcement of £2.3bn extra for research and development is a con.

    This £2.3bn only just about replaces the money British firms were receiving from the European Investment Fund, so this is merely substitute money.

    British firms are already finding their funding is drying up as Brexit looms, yet there is hardly a British tech company that hasn't benefited from the European Investment Fund.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Today's budget statement by the Chancellor included no additional funding for the police in England and Wales.

    Crime is rising and police numbers are falling but you wouldn't think the Government cared looking at today's budget. The police barely got a mention in the Chancellor's speech despite forces up and down the country being desperate for a cash-injection.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Responding to the Chancellor's budget this afternoon, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "In four years the UK economy will be £45 billion smaller than was estimated as recently as March and that is the optimistic projection.

    This is the cold reality of Brexit Britain. All the major economies in the western world are currently going through a period of persistent growth while the Britain has gone from top of the growth league to deep into the relegation zone.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Liberal Democrat research based on OBR figures shows that:

    • A newly qualified teacher on £22,970 will be £3,032 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A newly trained police officer on £22,962 will be £3,031 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A prison officer starting on £23,572 will be £3,112 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A private starting on £18,488 will be £2,440 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.
    Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Far from the £15 billion promised by the Chancellor, the real figure for housing is closer to a much reduced £6 billion over the next 5 years.

    Hammond is conning the public on housing. The truth is these plans are not nearly radical enough to fix the housing crisis.

    Sending Oliver Letwin in to deal with the Housebuilders landbank is like sending a hamster into a cage of ferrets.

    Chris Fox, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy
  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Philip Hammond has announced just £1.6bn of NHS funding for 2018-19, less than half the £4bn that NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and leading think tanks have said is needed.

    The number of nurses are falling, waiting time targets are being missed, and treatments are being rationed. In social care, more than a million vulnerable older people are already missing out on vital support that they need.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    In today's budget, the Chancellor admitted that the UK economy will be smaller by a huge £45 billion than was estimated as recently as March.

    The economy will be £45 billion smaller in 2021 than predicted as recently as March.

    And that is the least worst case scenario.

    Philip Hammond might as well have sat down and stopped talking once he announced this slump in growth figures.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Philip Hammond is spending £3bn of taxpayers money on Brexit instead of investing in the country's overstretched public services.

    And the government's Brexit strategy is so vague that the Official for Budgetary Responsibility could not even factor it into their forecasts.

    £3 billion of taxpayers' money is disappearing down a Brexit black hole.