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Remember the Sugar Tax, anyone?

By Christopher 'Chopper' Hope,
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT


Afternoon!

Happy new year! Sir Keir Starmer was first out of the traps this morning with a curiously under-powered speech in Birmingham, retreading the patriotic message which he was first pushing when he became leader nearly two years ago.
In fact, his 3,000-word speech - titled Contract with the British People - appeared to avoid what will become one of the key themes of the first half of this year, the cost of the living crisis. Sir Keir mentioned the word "patriotic" six times - and the phrase "cost of living" just once.
Yet, the triple threat of inflation, energy bill increases and tax rises are surely what is going to cut through to the millions of people who Labour has to target.
Conservatives too will start to get nervous about the tax rises planned for April, notably the 1.25 per cent increase in National Insurance (doubled when you take into account the employers' contribution).
The argument for the NIC increase was that the cash is needed for the National Health Service initially and then for social care.

So I was fascinated to read a report in The Telegraph today by our special correspondent, Hayley Dixon, which tracked what had happened to the hundreds of millions of pounds raised from the so-called sugar tax.
When the levy on soft drinks was introduced, ministers promised to spend “every penny” on children’s health and wellbeing programmes.
It was proposed that the billions it would raise a year could be used to extend free school meal provision and encourage better diets among those on low incomes.
However, Dixon found through a series of Freedom of Information requests that the cash has been diverted from specific projects into the Treasury's coffers.
From its introduction in 2018 until March this year, the Soft Drinks Industry Levy has raised more than £880 million in tax, including just over £300 million last year alone.
And the Department for Education, which had in previous years been responsible for administering large proportions of the money, has now admitted under Freedom of Information laws that it “is no longer directly linked to any specific programmes, or departmental spending”.
Former culture department minister Rob Wilson said: "It is not surprising as these types of taxes after a few years of good intention usually disappear in the morass of general spending."
And this is why Conservative MPs are so suspicious of any new tax increases, often used to justify a particular concern (whether it is child obesity or social care). Before too long the cash is being tipped into the Treasury's general taxation coffers.
 

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The disgraced Tory Charlie Elphick sacked for sexually assaulting two women , has now sold his £1.5 mil home for a profit of £700,000..... After being found guilty of the sex charges the Crown Court ordered him to pay back the prosecution cost of £35,000 to be done within the year as still under licence .

Elphick last I heard had applied to pay back the sum at a miserly £1 month 25p a week because on Universal Credit ... So I hope after the sale of his house he will now pay the prosecution costs in full ...and not claim any more Universal Credit.
 

Kanga

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This is a bit rich. . .



and so is this. . .
 
Snouts in the Trough
This is a bit rich. . .



and so is this. . .


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Absolutely it is . However- Tory, Labour etc , it doesn't matter what party it is they will always take advantage if the opportunity is there. Availability is the problem.
 

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Even the man who thought up the Furlough scheme the Tory Chancellor made sure his family got their nose in the trough .. even though his Wife is reported to be richer than the Queen Wow ....:mad:


Rishi Sunak's super-rich wife claimed up to £100,000 taxpayer's cash in furlough scheme​

Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak's wife Akshata Murty is one of the wealthiest women in Britain but still claimed Taxpayers money to pay furloughed staff in the pandemic £100,000 that made the wife of ex PM David Cameron, Samantha Cameron, claim of £10,000 taxpayer money to her furlough staff like peanuts ... but then again Hubby Cameron the Former Tory Prime Minister Cameron was reportedly earning £7.2m in wages and bonus lobbying from Greensill Capital



 
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Kanga

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The not so saintly NHS


Also in the news: Today's other headlines​

Bribery trial | NHS officials who accepted £70,000 in bribes to promote prescription drugs visited GP surgeries to "switch" patients' medication, a court heard. Paul Jerram and Dr David Turner are accused of claiming to be on official business and changing medication to drugs they were paid to promote. The case arose after a Telegraph investigation revealing that NHS staff were paid and taken on expensive trips by drugs firms.
 

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