‘Existential threat to humanity’ Rishi Sunak savaged over oil and gas taxation plans

Climate crisis 'drawing nearer' due to oil and gas says Slater

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Lorna Slater slammed the Conservative Government over the rise in the cost of living in the UK and the lack of tax on oil and gas companies, calling the prices volatile. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced minor cuts in his Spring statement, like cutting fuel tax by 5p. Ms Slater slammed the Conservative Government over the rise in the cost of living in the UK and the lack of tax on oil and gas companies, calling the prices volatile.

The MSP then erupted over the Conservative party in Westminster claiming this was a deliberate decision.

Ms Slater told BBC Scotland: “As long as we’re tied to oil and gas for any reason, the climate crisis draws ever nearer.

“This is an existential threat to humanity!

“Volatile gas prices, volatile oil prices are why we’re where we are with the cost of living crisis.

“As Alex says we’re in this perfect storm but this isn’t something that’s happened to us, this is because of deliberate decision making by the Conservative Government in Westminster time after time.

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Ms Slater added: “And David Cameron said he was going to scrap the…”

Host Ms Jardin said: “Lorna, Lorna there are global factors at work in this as well, it’s not all down to the Conservative party.”

Ms Slater said: “It’s about how you make decisions about those things.

“We argue about salami-slicing income taxes and a little bit on NI there, what about the tax havens!

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“What about the billions of pounds, oil companies are raking in £20b a year. we can tax them properly.

“The other countries, France for example, their cap on energy prices means instead of households bearing the burden, you, all of you, all of us, bearing the burden.

“They’re passing it on to those oil companies instead, but the Tory Government in Westminster has chosen for the households in Scotland in the UK to bear that burden, to pay that cost.

“And that is a decision they’re making, these are not accidents.”


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Despite protests and calls for the increase on National Insurance to be scrapped, Mr Sunak has increased the threshold by 3,000.

Christine Cairns, tax partner at PwC discussed the increase, Ms Cairns said: “While the tax-free personal allowance has steadily risen in recent years to £12,570 in line with long-standing Government policy, the NI threshold has lagged behind, quietly hovering below £10,000, partly because it’s so closely linked with state welfare benefits such as pensions and jobseeker’s allowance.

“However, last year’s announced 1.25 percent increase from April brought NI sharply into focus and having reaffirmed his commitment to the rise, increasing the threshold was one of the only options left to try and soften the blow for those who will feel it most.

“While it might seem curious to be effective both increasing and cutting NI at the same time, today’s change is clearly targeted at helping those with the lowest earnings who may already be below the income tax threshold.

“The true impact of this cut, as well as of the future decrease of the basic rate tax rate, for middle-income earners will need to be assessed against the impact of the freezing of the income tax bands until 2026.”

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