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the day, the world hurdle. That is in 15 minutes after the papers.
Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are Liam Halligan Economics correspondent at The Sunday
Telegraph and broadcaster Penny Smith.
We are going to kick off with the disability benefit story and some
unhappy Conservative MPs. Compare and contrast the i. Osborne's
enriches the 10% richest of households. You do wonder if anybody
thought do you know what, this is a really bad idea, cutting taxes for
the rich and taking all the money from the disabled, surely somebody
somewhere said maybe not. Should we just not. It's Budget Day two, we
have gone from do the numbers add up and will he get his selfless to the
sugar tax, was it all a diversionary tactic to save ?1.3 billion, a hefty
slice of cash but not much in the overall scale of public finances.
What the government now has realised is that it only has a majority of 12
and there are plenty of Tories, not the majority of course who are
against Britain leaving the European Union, there could be a lot of
trouble for the Chancellor, a lot of this has to be seen through the
prism of the upcoming referendum and when you have Eurosceptic Tories and
Labour MPs getting together, getting the Chancellor in Havelock, his life
will be difficult. You said 300,000 people may be affected, and some
interpretations and and the Telegraph it is more 640. They could
have their so-called independence payments removed which for many is
important. George Osborne has said overall spending on disability
spending is going up and I quote, the most honourable people will be
protected. The trouble is no matter which way you cut it, no matter
which way you slice it, it would not have seemed quite so bad to so many
people I am sure and he may well be able to spin it some other way
except that it is the richest 10% of households which are getting richer.
And that is the fundamental problem. It is a rapid retreat. They don't
want to have anything kicking around that people can use to get angry in
the to the referendum. If you are one of the third of British voters
in filly the fence, this could be a reason why, I think it is out of
order. There will be lots of people who are thinking I don't need the
extra money at the expense of disabled people. Let's move on to
new day. From the government 's point of view,... This is rather
good women have paid out more than ?240 million in VAT in the last
years another tampon tax is dead. This has come from Europe. It is
very interesting. The EU has a rule that there should be a minimum of 5%
VAT on everything and then for things that aren't we have to get
waivers. Food medicine and other essentials. Until recently women's
parts filly sanitary products were David Cameron has been to a European
summit and he is saying to the people there, you have to give me
something because it looks as though we can't control our own taxation
ends products and it is not clear it will happen but it's seems to have
support on this product. Also it is not that necessary to have a race
for a man because many people don't use them. The hipsters. Once again
the policies you will see up to June the 23rd will be seen through the
prism. Staying with taxes, there might be another one on Kofi Kops?
-- the cups? I didn't realise you couldn't recycle these paper cups.
It is a blend of paper and plastic. Which makes it complicated and
difficult. I have stopped using them since then because I thought if I
have not got time to sit down and have a copy then I will make one
when I get to work or when I'm sitting at home. There is a
difference with a plastic bag tax because if you go into a supermarket
buying if you did you don't necessarily need a bag but you do
need a cup. What do you say put it in the pocket. You do need a
receptacle of some description so will people carry around their own
plastic cups in their bags's why not. It takes more room than a
plastic bag stuck in your briefcase. In the olden days if you when forgot
you would sit down and you would get a biscuit. Nowadays people expect to
rush in, get their fix and rush out again and actually if you care about
your coffee, have a quick espresso, Negi tank get out. Rory Stewart is a
pretty clever guy, the environment minister. He is not somebody likely
to have spoken completely off-the-cuff. He has put some
thought into this. It is billions of cups that end up in landfills. Smell
the copy. School parent governors. To be scrapped according to the
front of the Guardian? I'm a school governor so I'm reading this
closely. The rules as they currently stand there are slots on boards of
governors specifically for parents, they don't have to bring any skills
that they can be elected by other parents. In the new White Paper the
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has floated the idea that these roles
may be abolished in favour of folk with specific skills that might be
useful. That doesn't mean that parents can't be elected at they
have to have some of those skills. That is a loss. That is a loss for
the governance of our schools if a parent who is not normally in
business but could have all kinds of interesting insights from outside
the world of boardrooms and office politics cannot become a governor
because a lot of these parents end up writing up the hierarchy to
become chairs and deputy chairs. And what do they bring when they do all
of that? General streetsmart in what kids need and want which people with
lots of professional qualifications sometimes don't necessarily have.
The union don't look happy on this. It has come hot on the heels of
saying every school needs to be an academy so I imagine it is being
knocked around from pillar to post. And six from colleges. We will have
more time but for the moment, thank you both for coming. That is it for
The Papers this hour. We are back in an hour's time. Stay with us.
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