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County Councillor calls Tory Tax U-turn “too little too late” for West Lancashire residents

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Lancashire County Councillor Julie Gibson, the Labour Group Shadow Spokesperson for Economic Regeneration has described the latest tax U-turn from the government as “too little too late”. In a speech to the Conservative Party Conference Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced a U-turn on a flagship Conservative Government policy by ditching plans to remove the 45p rate of income tax for the wealthiest 1%.

County Cllr Gibson said: “I watched the Chancellor describing this U-turn as being part of a “tough day” and urging his party faithful that they must now get on with the business of implementing the government’s Economic Plan. His arrogance was breath-taking; this was a U-turn on a flagship government policy which he washes aside as a “tough day”. And to insult the British public by saying “we have listened” takes that arrogance to a higher level.”

Cllr Gibson said: “What he describes as a “tough day” has been a nightmare for many families in West Lancashire who will pay higher mortgages and higher prices for years to come. A recent study by the retail app Ubamarket shows that 6.7million Britons rely on foodbanks and in West Lancashire we regularly see calls from our own foodbanks for donations as their supplies are running thin. The Chancellor thinks he had a “tough day” try telling that to people in West Lancashire who are struggling to feed their family or heat their homes.

“This U-turn shows what a shambles of a government we now have. The Prime Minister, Liz Truss, is vocal in her admiration of Margaret Thatcher who was famous for saying she would not perform any U-turns.  Well less than a month into her premiership this PM is doing just that. I call for a General Election now, and let the people have their verdict on this shambles of a government.”

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