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  • 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

    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.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    The government's U-turns on Universal Credit are welcome but beg the question: Why have they taken this long?

    The overall system is still not fit for purpose. It must be paused before even more of our most vulnerable citizens are made to suffer on the ideological anvil of this Conservative government.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    In today's budget, Philip Hammond announced that he would consider charges on single-use plastic items to reduce waste.

    It comes following a Liberal Democrat campaign to introduce a charge on disposable coffee cups, to reduce the billions of cups thrown away in the UK each year.

    This is a major victory for the Liberal Democrats, who have long been demanding action to tackle plastic waste.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats said the figures showed Michael Gove "needs to get his own house in order," after he vowed yesterday to tackle plastic pollution.

    516,000 disposable coffee cups have been purchased by DEFRA's catering and facilities providers in the last year alone, for use in restaurants and cafés across the Department's offices.