Here are just a couple of items that caught This Writer’s eye while perusing Twitter.
The first is from tomorrow’s Guardian front page, which leads on a demand by the Labour Party for the Tories to reverse their cut in Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The change, announced by George Osborne in his Omnishambles II Budget a couple of Wednesdays ago, gives around £3,000 per year back to around 130,000 of the wealthiest people in the UK – people who certainly don’t need the money.
The plan had been to fund the cut by taking more than £3,000 per year from disabled people who rely on the Personal Independence Payment.
But the Tories have been forced to halt the planned PIP cut, meaning the Budget no longer balances in this respect. As John McDonnell correctly argues, there is no reason the very richest should expect their tax cut to continue – and why should they have expected it in the first place?
The second item to catch my eye was about a benefit cut that the Conservatives did succeed in pushing through – by playing their ‘financial privilege’ card again, denying the House of Lords the opportunity to reject it for a third time: ESA-WRAG.
As you can see, the Conservatives were the only MPs in the whole of Parliament to vote in favour of this cut, which removes 28 per cent of the original ESA entitlement from new claimants who are put in the Work-Related Activity Group.
There is no justification for the cut at all.
Claims that it puts people on ESA who are able to work on the same benefit as people on JSA are ridiculous because, by definition, nobody on ESA is able to work. It is as simple as that.
What we are seeing is a government that revels in taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich, making Osborne the reverse Robin Hood.
And people will die because of it.
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