She voted for
- the bedroom tax which hits the most vulnerable (an estimated two thirds are disabled according to FullFact.org)
- Government’s disastrous NHS reorganisation based on a market model
- Raising undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
- Ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education
- steep cuts to local government and reduced powers (see here>>>)
- Devonwall! The boundary changes undermine Cornwall’s distinct identity and culture. By voting to reduce the number of MP’s and against against postponing a review of the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies until 2018 She in effect voted for Devonwall (see here>>>)
She voted against
- Raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
- Against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
- Generally voted against measures to prevent climate change
- Generally voted against financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods (see here)
For a full breakdown on how she voted on all issues, go to Theyworkforyou.com
Sarah Newton is a true blue believer in tax cuts for the rich and tax hikes for the poor.
On her website Sarah Newton makes much of ‘Growing Family Incomes’ and well paid jobs and growing businesses . She highlights the increase in the personal tax allowance and taking those earning the minimum wage out of tax altogether.
But seven years of Tory rule has not changed Cornwall’s position as one of the poorest regions in Europe with wages well below the national average . Raising the personal tax allowance is fiddling around the edges. It means nothing to those who don’t earn enough to pay tax in the first place. And those that do pay tax are faced with disproportionately high housing and rental costs in Cornwall.
So what about taking a different tack and fighting for fairer wages? decent job conditions? employment rights? A sensible rate of corporation tax and increased taxes on the rich? She will have none of it.
She voted against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000, against an annual tax on expensive homes, for a reduction in corporation tax and almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT – which hits the poor hardest.
She also generally voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
The counter argument to all this is that the rich pay enough tax already
We are regularly reminded by the millionaire and billionaire owners of the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express and The Telegraph, that the richest 1 percent now pay 27.5% of income tax . What they never say is that income tax itself only forms just over a quarter of all tax revenue going to the state. National Insurance contributions form 19% of all tax revenue, and VAT another 18%. There are at least twenty five different sources of tax revenue of which income tax is just one. To focus on Income tax alone is to give a false picture of the munificence of the rich.
When it comes to other taxes the poor pay more
It is worth going into the difference in impact between VAT and income tax. At first glance VAT appears to spread the tax burden – we all pay it, rich or poor, but official statistics show
- the lowest tenth of earners pay an average of 42 per cent of their income in the form of income tax, national insurance, VAT and council tax.
- By contrast, the richest 10 per cent see around a third (34.4 per cent) of their earnings go to the taxman, according to analysis by The Equality Trust.
Council tax and VAT were found to hit the poorest households particularly hard. Low earners pay an average of seven per cent of their income in council tax while the wealthiest households pay just 1.5 per cent.
Wealth takers, not wealth creators
Let’s not also forget that the stellar salaries awarded to super rich CEO’s of Britains top companies are not on the basis of merit but greed. They don’t earn it, they just take it. Their pay rises far outstrip the actual performance of the companies they run. Research for High Pay Centre by Incomes Data Services shows that growth in executive pay, bonuses and incentive payments has vastly outpaced company performance as measured by every indicator in common use . Would you have the cheek to demand a pay rise when you clearly weren’t up to the job? These people are shameless enough to do so. Even company shareholders are starting to rebel against the outrageous pay rises CEO’s claim for themselves.
The tax paid by the rest
The tax paid by the richest one percent is often contrasted unfavourably with the proportion of working-age adults who do not pay income tax. This has risen from 34.3 per cent to 43.8 per cent, equivalent to 23 million people. Part of this is to do with raising the tax free personal allowance – and many applaud that – but part also is to do with the harsh fact that 19% of all people at work in the UK just don’t make enough money to pay tax. The ‘jobs miracle’ touted by the Conservatives include a growing number of self-employed forced to pay themselves poverty wages. Record numbers of Britons in poverty are actually in working families, not on the dole – according to a recent report
Bottom line: more people would pay tax if they were paid a decent wage by those on the take at the top. But that is not going to happen under a Tory government!
 That’s according to Richard Murphy, a tax expert in his book The Joy of Tax (as racy as it sounds).