Brexit: Rishi Sunak on tax system that makes 'no sense'
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On Wednesday, the Chancellor revealed changes to taxation, benefits, green levies and more in his Autumn Budget announcement. Mr Sunak outlined a variety of pledges including £1.8bn on building new homes and an infrastructure revolution.
He also pledged £5.7bn on London transport style settlements for other major cities.
And in a damning blow to Sir Keir Starmer, half of Labour voters support Mr Sunak’s budget announcement.
Savanta ComRes polled 1,008 UK adults on October 27.
Of those, more than half (53 percent) said they approved of Mr Sunak’s budget.
And more than half of 2019 Labour voters (51 percent) asked also approved of the budget.
Out of those surveyed in the snap poll, only 15 percent disapproved.
Among 2019 Conservative voters asked, 63 percent approved – and just seven percent disapproved.
Of Brexit voters, 54 percent agreed and 13 percent disagreed with the budget announcement.
Of Remain voters asked, 56 percent approved while 17 percent disapproved.
YouGov’s snap poll also suggested the public is broadly positive about the budget, with 30 percent supporting it.
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves also welcomed Mr Sunak’s increase in spending announcement.
However, she said there are areas that give her “cause for concern”.
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Highlighting the need for greater investment in education, she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If we are going to grow the economy sustainably we have got to invest in our young people.
“Unless we ensure that kids catch up from that missed out education (during the pandemic) there will be a long-term cost to our economy.”
Mr Sunak said he does not have a “magic wand” to make cost of living pressures disappear.
When asked about the impact of inflation on price increases, he told the BBC: “I addressed inflation yesterday in the Budget speech, and I know people will have concerns about that and I wanted to provide a bit of an explanation and some reassurance on what was going on.
“It is largely down to two global forces: one is the impact of rapidly reopening economies putting pressure on global supply chains and the other factor is, of course, energy prices.
“I wish I did but I don’t have a magic wand that can make those global challenges disappear, they are going to be with us for a little while.
“But where the Government can make a difference, we are – whether it is the tax cut, whether it is freezing fuel duty, whether it is helping people with energy bills through the winter, where we have put support in place, we are doing what we can.”
Mr Sunak also defended his decision to cut air passenger duty (APD) for domestic flights in his budget.
He said: “What we’re doing here is returning to a system we used to have before we had to get rid of it, which was not paying air passenger duty on both of the legs of a journey that you took within the United Kingdom.
“Of course, it is right that we are consistent with our environmental goals so let me just talk a little about that.
“Aviation in general only accounts for about eight percent of our overall emissions, and of that eight percent a fraction – just four percent or five percent – comes from domestic aviation, so it is a tiny part of our emissions.
“So, yes, we’re doing this to support domestic aviation, and regional airports will benefit from this, but we are also introducing a brand new band for ultra long-haul travel.
“Those who fly the furthest will pay the highest rates of APD, that’s consistent with our environmental objectives, that’s a new band that will come into force, and, actually, yesterday the independent watchdog said that our plans in the round will reduce carbon emission and move us further along the path to net zero.”
The latest Savantas ComRes poll surveyed 1,008 UK adults on October 27.
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