Tories taking credit for Lib Dem tax cuts in budget, claims Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake

Sutton Guardian: Liberal Democrat MPs outside the House of Commons after today's Budget statement. (Twitter / Lib Dem press office) Liberal Democrat MPs outside the House of Commons after today's Budget statement. (Twitter / Lib Dem press office)

Almost 40,000 people in Carshalton and Wallington will benefit from a tax cut in Chancellor George Osborne's budget, according to the area's MP.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said plans to increase the amount people earn before tax by £500 to £10,500 will put an average of £100 back in 39,700 of the area's taxpayers' pockets.

He said: "This tax cut is the real budget boost for working people and would not have happened without Lib Dems in Government creating a stronger economy and a fairer society.

"As was clear during George Osborne’s statement, the Tories are desperate to claim credit, but in reality their focus is not on helping ordinary people but more on changes such as an inheritance tax cuts for millionaires which we blocked, while Labour have a history of economic misery.

“This was on the front page of our manifesto. We are also helping people with a freeze on fuel duty and new tax-free childcare to help parents.”

Mr Osborne presented the Budget to the House of Commons - see our live coverage from today's statement.

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4:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

David7 says...

Funny how Mr Brake claims the LibDems have so much power in government – yet he and his fellow LibDem MP, Paul Burstow, and local LibDem councillors, seem totally powerless to do anything to stop the closure of St Helier Hospital – and naturally blame government policy.

In fact, they even voted with the government on Clause 119 which allows the Health Secretary to close hospitals with just 40 days’ notice.

Explain that one away, chaps.
Funny how Mr Brake claims the LibDems have so much power in government – yet he and his fellow LibDem MP, Paul Burstow, and local LibDem councillors, seem totally powerless to do anything to stop the closure of St Helier Hospital – and naturally blame government policy. In fact, they even voted with the government on Clause 119 which allows the Health Secretary to close hospitals with just 40 days’ notice. Explain that one away, chaps. David7
  • Score: 20

4:26pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Niki R says...

It may put £100 in our pockets but they've stolen many times that from us with the hike in VAT, benefit cuts, and rising food and energy prices that they seem powerless to do anything about. Add to that the trebling of tuition fees and removal of child benefit and EMA, and parents across the area are feeling anything but better off thanks to the Yellow Tories and their friends who really run the Government.
It may put £100 in our pockets but they've stolen many times that from us with the hike in VAT, benefit cuts, and rising food and energy prices that they seem powerless to do anything about. Add to that the trebling of tuition fees and removal of child benefit and EMA, and parents across the area are feeling anything but better off thanks to the Yellow Tories and their friends who really run the Government. Niki R
  • Score: 14

4:27pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Niki R says...

Also it's not tax-free childcare help. Brake is misleading us as Osborne misled the House earlier today.
Also it's not tax-free childcare help. Brake is misleading us as Osborne misled the House earlier today. Niki R
  • Score: 7

4:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

LiberalsOut says...

Mmmmm £100 a year - are we supposed to doff our caps and get down on our knees and thank the intrepid duo?
This will just about cover one months increases in food and energy bills
In the real world where wages have hardly increased since 2008 or in many cases not at all , yet our daily living costs are rising, this is no better than a poke in the eye
Until the parties deal with the real problems in this country, things will not get better
Mmmmm £100 a year - are we supposed to doff our caps and get down on our knees and thank the intrepid duo? This will just about cover one months increases in food and energy bills In the real world where wages have hardly increased since 2008 or in many cases not at all , yet our daily living costs are rising, this is no better than a poke in the eye Until the parties deal with the real problems in this country, things will not get better LiberalsOut
  • Score: 7

4:42pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Bonnie Craven says...

It must be pretty tough for Tom Brake and his pal Paul Burstow. They do the Tory bidding, and then get none of the thanks. Paul Burstow's new job, which he withdrew his inadequate amendment to Clause 119 for, is according to him, not remunerated.

I would like to assure them that, unlike the Tories, the people of Carshalton and Wallington recognise every thing they have done and have failed to do, and they will vote accordingly. About time Tome Brake grew a backbone and actually did something for the people who pay his wages as an MP.

Lib Dems seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. I guess that is what happens when you take votes under false pretences. Who remembers the line, "vote Lib Dem to keep the Tories out". Oh, how we laughed!
It must be pretty tough for Tom Brake and his pal Paul Burstow. They do the Tory bidding, and then get none of the thanks. Paul Burstow's new job, which he withdrew his inadequate amendment to Clause 119 for, is according to him, not remunerated. I would like to assure them that, unlike the Tories, the people of Carshalton and Wallington recognise every thing they have done and have failed to do, and they will vote accordingly. About time Tome Brake grew a backbone and actually did something for the people who pay his wages as an MP. Lib Dems seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. I guess that is what happens when you take votes under false pretences. Who remembers the line, "vote Lib Dem to keep the Tories out". Oh, how we laughed! Bonnie Craven
  • Score: 10

4:44pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Bonnie Craven says...

Oh, and with regards to this supposed tax cut, as I have asked Tom Brake on Twitter many a time, will that be enough to afford private health care for my family, private education for my children, cover the additional VAT on the things I need to buy, balance out the real terms cut to our household income as we are public sector workers whose pay has been frozen for years, cover the increase in fuel costs and so forth.

I think we all know the answer to that.
Oh, and with regards to this supposed tax cut, as I have asked Tom Brake on Twitter many a time, will that be enough to afford private health care for my family, private education for my children, cover the additional VAT on the things I need to buy, balance out the real terms cut to our household income as we are public sector workers whose pay has been frozen for years, cover the increase in fuel costs and so forth. I think we all know the answer to that. Bonnie Craven
  • Score: 7

4:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Bonnie Craven says...

If you lie with dogs, you get up with fleas.
If you lie with dogs, you get up with fleas. Bonnie Craven
  • Score: 2

5:09pm Wed 19 Mar 14

LiberalsOut says...

Bonnie Craven wrote:
Oh, and with regards to this supposed tax cut, as I have asked Tom Brake on Twitter many a time, will that be enough to afford private health care for my family, private education for my children, cover the additional VAT on the things I need to buy, balance out the real terms cut to our household income as we are public sector workers whose pay has been frozen for years, cover the increase in fuel costs and so forth.

I think we all know the answer to that.
Its not just the Public Sector who have had their pay frozen for years
My last increase was in 2009 and in the freight and haulage industry wages have actually gone down
[quote][p][bold]Bonnie Craven[/bold] wrote: Oh, and with regards to this supposed tax cut, as I have asked Tom Brake on Twitter many a time, will that be enough to afford private health care for my family, private education for my children, cover the additional VAT on the things I need to buy, balance out the real terms cut to our household income as we are public sector workers whose pay has been frozen for years, cover the increase in fuel costs and so forth. I think we all know the answer to that.[/p][/quote]Its not just the Public Sector who have had their pay frozen for years My last increase was in 2009 and in the freight and haulage industry wages have actually gone down LiberalsOut
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Giles C says...

Bonnie Craven wrote:
If you lie with dogs, you get up with fleas.
I regard myself as a rather pedigree type of dog likely to come best in show at Crufts.. No fleas as far as i know..
[quote][p][bold]Bonnie Craven[/bold] wrote: If you lie with dogs, you get up with fleas.[/p][/quote]I regard myself as a rather pedigree type of dog likely to come best in show at Crufts.. No fleas as far as i know.. Giles C
  • Score: -1

5:54pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Giles C says...

In all seriousness the Lib dems want to have their cake and eat it..
They are trying to take the credit for any jobs coming to the borough and for any inward investment!!!
How many firms have moved out of the area over the last 27 years...
The front page of their manifesto in 2010 also had many other pledges which strangely enough dont get mentioned these days!!
In all seriousness the Lib dems want to have their cake and eat it.. They are trying to take the credit for any jobs coming to the borough and for any inward investment!!! How many firms have moved out of the area over the last 27 years... The front page of their manifesto in 2010 also had many other pledges which strangely enough dont get mentioned these days!! Giles C
  • Score: 13

7:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Binsanity says...

“This was on the front page of our manifesto". Yes Mr Brake and so were a lot of other promises which your party pledged but renaged on. Student loans etc.
What a cracking coalition.
“This was on the front page of our manifesto". Yes Mr Brake and so were a lot of other promises which your party pledged but renaged on. Student loans etc. What a cracking coalition. Binsanity
  • Score: 13

9:22am Thu 20 Mar 14

AndyLikeGandhi says...

Good to see so many people (finally) seeing through Tom Brake's facade.

I've lost count of the amount of people I've met around the area who credit him on being a good MP but aren't able to tell me why.
Nobody seems to be able to tell me exactly what he's done for them... besides turn up for a brief photo opportunity. He and Burstow are letting Sutton be left behind by neighbouring boroughs whilst trying to further their careers in central government.
Good to see so many people (finally) seeing through Tom Brake's facade. I've lost count of the amount of people I've met around the area who credit him on being a good MP but aren't able to tell me why. Nobody seems to be able to tell me exactly what he's done for them... besides turn up for a brief photo opportunity. He and Burstow are letting Sutton be left behind by neighbouring boroughs whilst trying to further their careers in central government. AndyLikeGandhi
  • Score: 14

4:18pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Bonnie Craven wrote:
It must be pretty tough for Tom Brake and his pal Paul Burstow. They do the Tory bidding, and then get none of the thanks. Paul Burstow's new job, which he withdrew his inadequate amendment to Clause 119 for, is according to him, not remunerated.

I would like to assure them that, unlike the Tories, the people of Carshalton and Wallington recognise every thing they have done and have failed to do, and they will vote accordingly. About time Tome Brake grew a backbone and actually did something for the people who pay his wages as an MP.

Lib Dems seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. I guess that is what happens when you take votes under false pretences. Who remembers the line, "vote Lib Dem to keep the Tories out". Oh, how we laughed!
LibDem election material always says it's a two-horse race in Carshalton LibDems and Tories and that Labour can't win here. Well we've got both those horses in government now and can see the fruits. Maybe it's time to give UKIP a go.
[quote][p][bold]Bonnie Craven[/bold] wrote: It must be pretty tough for Tom Brake and his pal Paul Burstow. They do the Tory bidding, and then get none of the thanks. Paul Burstow's new job, which he withdrew his inadequate amendment to Clause 119 for, is according to him, not remunerated. I would like to assure them that, unlike the Tories, the people of Carshalton and Wallington recognise every thing they have done and have failed to do, and they will vote accordingly. About time Tome Brake grew a backbone and actually did something for the people who pay his wages as an MP. Lib Dems seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. I guess that is what happens when you take votes under false pretences. Who remembers the line, "vote Lib Dem to keep the Tories out". Oh, how we laughed![/p][/quote]LibDem election material always says it's a two-horse race in Carshalton LibDems and Tories and that Labour can't win here. Well we've got both those horses in government now and can see the fruits. Maybe it's time to give UKIP a go. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -6

2:25pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Malcolm P Armsteen says...

Can anyone actually point to any real achievements that Brake can put his name to? Even the much-touted night bus didn't happen. Not to mention ignoring his constituents over the incinerator and doing some sort of dance over St Helier and his 'petition' - which is just a vehicle for email harvesting. Oh - I forgot - he backed a local campaign to prevent a McDonald's opening in Wallington. What a political legacy the man leaves (I hope).
Can anyone actually point to any real achievements that Brake can put his name to? Even the much-touted night bus didn't happen. Not to mention ignoring his constituents over the incinerator and doing some sort of dance over St Helier and his 'petition' - which is just a vehicle for email harvesting. Oh - I forgot - he backed a local campaign to prevent a McDonald's opening in Wallington. What a political legacy the man leaves (I hope). Malcolm P Armsteen
  • Score: 1

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