Budget for recovery
Tina Riches provides her personal ideas about what the Chancellor should say in his Spring Budget. This does not represent the views of organisations she is involved with.
"Madam Deputy Speaker - today, I present to the House a Budget for recovery;
"A Budget that shows that the British people can begin to move forward from the Covid pandemic to a brighter future;
"A Budget that starts to sand down the rough edges on our tax system and encourages everyone to pay a fair share.
"First, so that tax advisers do not have to wait any longer, I shall address some necessary tax changes.
"We are indeed living in unprecedented times. It has been necessary for the state to look after as many people as possible, given the available resources and data.
"This has led to exceptional levels of Budget deficit, which will be addressed in the OBR’s predictions.
"We are firmly stuck on the horns of a dilemma, whether we
- abandon levelling up; or
- look after people, meaning the deficit grows or we seek help from those with deep pockets.
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Tina is a volunteer for TaxAid, the charity that helps vulnerable individuals on a low income with their tax affairs. She acts as a liaison with HMRC, particularly on recent tax developments and digital matters. She is helping the charity look forward as tax evolves, particularly in digitalisation.
Before her retirement from practice,...