Malcolm Moss attacks tax plans that will leave Fenland people with £23,000 of debt each

PUBLISHED: 10:20 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:25 02 June 2010

MALCOLM Moss MP this week attacked the Government s tax and spending plans that will see Fenland people left with £23,000 of debt each. Every family in the constituency is going to be forced to pay out for decades, footing the bill for Gordon Brown s mis

MALCOLM Moss MP this week attacked the Government's tax and spending plans that will see Fenland people left with £23,000 of debt each.

"Every family in the constituency is going to be forced to pay out for decades, footing the bill for Gordon Brown's mistakes," said the North East Cambs MP following last weeks' Pre-Budget Report.

"Our country faces the biggest overdraft since the Second World War, and Labour has already started to hike taxes on local residents to pay for it."

The Government's proposals include:

National Insurance hikes on workers, punishing all those earning £20,000 or more.

National Insurance hikes on local firms, adding higher wage bills to local businesses already struggling to stay afloat.

Higher income tax, pushing more middle income earners into the 40 per cent higher rate.

Raising inheritance tax by stealth, taxing people more as house prices start to rise.

Higher stamp duty, meaning the average first time buyer will now pay £1,475 in stamp duty.

A new "telephone tax" on anyone with a phone or fax line.

Forcing councils to make more cuts to rubbish collections and pushing up council tax.

The country's debt is forecast to reach £1.5billion, the equivalent to £23,000 for every man, woman and child in Fenland.

Mr Moss said: "The implications of this botched attempt at electioneering by Gordon Brown are most worrying in its effect on our council tax in North East Cambridgeshire.

"Under Labour, residents have already seen their council tax bills rise dramatically. Now it's set to go up again. It beggars belief.

"The message from Gordon Brown to aspiring families from these tax changes is clear: if you want to get on in life, own your own home or leave something to your children, then the Labour Party is not for you. They have run out of steam, run out of ideas and run out of time.

"The country needs change - and the Conservatives are ready and waiting to start sorting out the mess that Labour have left.


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