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Hartley-Brewer highlights key flaw in Labour Party's tax plans - 'EVERYONE will pay more'

The Labour Party announced in its manifesto they will seek to increase the tax all limited companies must pay against their profits. While Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell defended the party policy, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned the proposals put forward by the Opposition would increase taxes for "millions" of people." As Labour MP Lucy Powell insisted only the top five percent would see a tax increase under her party's plans, broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer rejected her claims: "We’re not having an honest debate about this.

"There’s a perfectly valid argument for increasing the public services and the percentage of what is financed by the state in this country.

"The IFS has made it very clear that, actually, the sort of levels of public spending the Labour Party are talking about bringing in are actually quite average among Western European countries.

"However, as the IFS has also pointed out not any of those countries, whether it be France or Scandinavian countries, funds them just from corporation tax, other business taxes or the top five percent."

Ms Hartley-Brewer added: "They have across the board much, much higher levels of taxation across the whole population."

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General election 2019: Julia Hartley-Brewer tore into Labour's taxation plans (Image: BBC/Politics Live)

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General electiion 2019: Hartley-Brewer pointed out other countries with similar policies tax more "across the board" (Image: BBC/Politics Live)

During an extensive comparative analysis of some of the major parties’ manifestos, the IFS highlighted several flaws in Labour’s plans, including its flagship nationalisation programme.

The Opposition has outlined a vision to increase public spending to an estimated £73 billion by 2023-24.

But the research from the independent economic think-tank concluded the policy cannot be delivered.

IFS Director Paul Johnson warned the proposals Mr Corbyn put forward last week would have "millions" of Britons paying more in taxes while also have the national debts increase amid prolonged Brexit uncertainty. 

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General election 2019: Jeremy Corbyn announced Labour would increase corporate tax to help fund public spending (Image: BBC/Politics Live)

Mr Johnson said: "Under Labour, both taxes and spending would rise to peacetime highs.

“On generous assumptions, they would see the national debt rise by around 3 percent of national income.

"It is highly likely that Labour, at least over the longer-term, would need to implement other tax-raising measures in order to raise the £80 billion of tax revenue that they want and even just sticking to those proposals they would clearly increase taxes for many millions outside the top 5 percent."

He added: “In reality, a change in the scale and scope of the state that they propose would require more broad-based tax increases at some point.”


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