Budget 2016: Built on zero hours, sweetheart tax deals and more austerity

16 March 2016 - 1:45pm
Press release

George Osborne has delivered his eighth budget as chancellor. In response, Vicki Hird, Campaigns and Policy Director at War on Want, said:

"Billed as a budget that 'puts the next generation first’, it does anything but. This budget puts the interests of big business over and above everyone else, and is a real kick in the teeth for both present and future generations.

"This is another budget built on zero hour contracts and exploitation, and will hit the poorest hardest.  As the rich get richer, the chancellor sells the rest of us down the river; cutting services and welfare and ploughing on with his failed austerity experiment.

On measures to tackle tax avoidance, Vicki Hird, continued:

"For too long, George Osborne’s action has failed to match his rhetoric when it comes to taking on the corporate tax dodgers. The tax measures are derisory: a tax policy based on illogical cuts to tax inspectors and sweetheart tax deals with the likes of Google is a failure in anyone’s book.

"The chancellor has done nothing to tackle the armies of corporate tax advisers and lobbyists scuttling around the City of London intent on undermining tax rules and fuelling his austerity agenda. The fact that the UK government has the power to end the tax haven status of its overseas territories, but chooses not to, exposes its true agenda on tax."

Notes to Editors

For interviews contact Vicki Hird 07983 550 728

 

 

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