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In Topic: Taxpayers Subsidising Low Wages

Today, 02:21 PM

The perfect system is no tax. So you get paid for the work you do but everything you need such as health etc is insured.
Or the perfect system is high tax so everyone is subsidised.
Or you fudge it in the middle somewhere.

Which really comes back to the ideals of labour or the conservatives, the conservatives believing in small government and low taxes and labour believing in a larger public sector funded by higher taxes.

The downside in this situation is that people have come to rely on the subsidies through the tax system. Whether in work benefits or child related benefits. Take those benefits away and you leave people who previously got by in a mess. The other view is that any proposal to reduce or remove these benefits brings out the mumsnet crowd who despite their self imposed importance do have an influence on voting intention.

Any government or political party doesn't want to alienate what may be seen as safe votes. You don't get an influence on policy from the opposition benches.

In Topic: Taxpayers Subsidising Low Wages

Today, 10:25 AM

I would say that you have to consider what you deem to be a low wage subsidy, do you just include working tax credits or do you include child related benefits too? Also the level at which you remove the tax credits system, do you consider the level to be average wage? A calculated living wage?

Businesses will tell you that they can't afford to pay more than they currently do. Whether a rise to living wage would result in job losses would only be known when policy is enacted. Businesses may threaten but whether they would go through with the threats is another issue.

Spending on the tax creditsbsystem is extensive and I do believe it needs reducing. At present it seems to be a catch 22 situation that has no please all solution. Raising minimum wage to a living wage would also have a knock on effect on other salaries as those on higher salaries would also believe that they should also get a raise. I know I would.

In Topic: European Referendum

19 October 2014 - 03:51 PM

As a conservative voter I believe in the benefits that membership of the EU brings. I do however also believe that our relationship with europe cannot continue as it currently stands. There has always been a tense relationship with Europe and further integration I dont believe is good for Britain.

Having said all that I would not be inclined to vote to leave. Im a supporter of the Cameron plan to renegotiate our relationship and then judge based on the future plans. If the only option is deeper integration, more seemed interference, further financial and economic rules from Brussels onto the UK financial strength and my inclination to leave the EU would grow stronger

In Topic: General Election seat calculator

19 October 2014 - 09:49 AM

The trouble I see with PR is that the policies that would make it to government will never be the policies presented in manifesto. Too many deals and amendments would be needed to every potential bill to clear a vote.

In Topic: Uninteresting Trivial Facts

17 October 2014 - 10:39 AM

I have at least two mice in my kitchen. They give me the s###s

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