This is a Chancellor who has got his priorities wrong. He promised in 2010 that he would focus on cutting the deficit and reduce debt but under him the Government will have borrowed £198 billion more than he pledged. Borrowing is still at record levels at £111 billion and they are four years behind schedule on their ambition to eliminate the deficit. This government is still living way beyond its means and creating a debt time bomb that will be inherited by our grandchildren.
UKIP is concerned as to how the jobs market is going to accommodate those working later given that we already have one million young people unable to access employment. Only those on higher salaries will be able to retire early, meaning the peak overcrowding of the jobs market will be at lower levels where the market is already accommodating a high ratio of migrant workers. UKIP fears this could impact on the number of entry level vacancies. This would also be exacerbated by the projections of future population increase if there are not strong enough incentives for business and job creation.
By guaranteeing the triple lock to pensions he continues the most expensive way of funding the state pension. The current pension obligation is £4.7 trillion and is unfunded. This will double in twenty years leaving an enormous burden for future generations.
UKIP is gravely concerned about the future increase in energy costs fuelled by green taxes and does not think the Chancellor’s concession to cut bills goes far enough. Energy bills have increased 37% since 2010 and the government’s commitment to taxpayer-funded renewable energy is hitting people in the pocket with 24,000 excess winter deaths predicted this year. The OBR projections highlight “environmental levies” to soar to £4bn by 2017/2018. The Climate Change Act costs £18bn a year, well over £500 per household. It’s likely to cost another £25 billion to connect the National Grid to offshore wind farms and new installations. The situation is set to get even worse given that from 2015 the plants that give Britain a third of its power will close under the EU Large Combustion Plant Directive.
UKIP is the only party that will genuinely lower fuel bills by abolishing the Climate Change Act and EU renewable energy obligations.
The Chancellor has admitted that our country is overly dependent on markets in Europe but Britain cannot negotiate our own trade deals with the wider world while inside the EU.
UKIP believes it is vital to invest in infrastructure, but the government's ambition to build HS2 shows that their priorities are wrong. The £50 billion cost to fund this vanity project would be better reinvested in improving existing road and rail networks.
The government is keeping the foreign aid budget at 0.7% of GDP but the gross cost over time is increasing. Britain is the second largest donor of aid in the world. This is wrong when so many people in the UK are facing fuel poverty, unemployment and austerity. This government should be putting to the welfare of the British people first.
Whilst it is welcome that the government is capping business rates and giving benefits to charity, theatres and film companies, it would be better to cut business rates and taxes across the board for every small and medium sized company in the country.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage comments:
"The Government are desperately trying to bury the news that they are blocking any debate on the removal of restrictions to Bulgaria and Romania by delaying the vote on the Immigration Bill on the same day as the Chancellor's Autumn statement. The Coalition are urgently seeking to avoid any embarrassment by not allowing MPs to debate the amendment from Nigel Mills which would delay the doors opening to Romania and Bulgaria until 2018. It is clear this is a government that is more interested in preserving its image by blocking democratic debate and has been proven once again to be entirely disingenuous on the issue of immigration control.
"UKIP stands up for the British people when we say that the doors should not open to Romania and Bulgaria on January 1st."
“This cut in subsidies for onshore wind farms is a political stunt by a Government desperate to appease the large numbers of voters sick of turbines despoiling the British countryside. But it fails to address the real argument which is the nonsensical and frankly dangerous energy policy this Government is forcing upon UK taxpayers. The argument is not simply an aesthetic one, there is a real economic debate to be had especially in the light of the atrocious increases in energy prices that are pushing more and more people into fuel poverty and risking the lives of thousands of people when we are about to enter one of the coldest winters on record.
“The truth is the taxpayer, while they may not have to gaze out of their kitchen window at a blight of turbines, is still footing the bill both directly and through energy price rises for this wasteful and downright ridiculous technology to be built out of sight. The most absurd part of it is the fact that the Government claims they are doing this in the name of green policy, when actually the development of wind farms contributes nothing to the carbon cutting agenda. I’ve been pointing out for years that as an inefficient and intermittent technology wind power relies heavily on back up from fossil fuels. Now a report from Australia shows that because the gas fired back up must also operate intermittently to support the turbines when they do not turn, it actually burns even more gas and releases even more CO2 than if the gas was to run constantly.
“So what we have is a Government trying to deceive the general public by tinkering at the edges with tweaks to astronomical fuel bills and pretending to make concessions over onshore wind farms by using an out of sight, out of mind approach. All the while the Government is still pursuing an absurd and frankly dangerous energy policy which is taking money straight from the taxpayer and using it to ultimately plunge Britain into an energy dependency that risks British business, and British lives. It’s appalling.”
Two more Alan Bown Constituency Polls today show UKIP surging in the Great Grimsby and Dudley North constituencies.
Reacting to David Cameron's admission that the government won't meet immigration targets, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said that the Coalition's policy was always based on "a wing and a prayer" given that they have no control over EU migration.
"The Conservative Party's immigration policy, just the same as the Labour's, is based on having absolutely no control over the EU's open borders.
"Cameron's pledge to bring down net migration to tens of thousands was always based on a wing and a prayer. An increase in net migration has left the Coalition's credibility on immigration in tatters. Lets not forget that conditions in the Eurozone aren't improving, could further deteriorate and so we risk another potential large wave of EU migration.
The Prime Minister's trip to China exposes how Britain is constrained from being a global power by the EU, according to UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.
"It is frankly absurd that while Iceland now has a free trade agreement with China, Britain, despite being one of the world's largest economies, must act via the EU.
Plans to replace some British road signs with standardised European ones are "more sinister, controlling EU moves," says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.
"They want to control and nanny our every movement and employ armies of pen pushers – at our expense – to come up with more and more restrictive ideas,” he said.