​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Guildford’s Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Zöe Franklin’s withering Budget analysis

7 Mar 2024
ZF Listening on High Street
  • Let’s not be fooled! Stealth taxes and more borrowing fund desperate last gasps of failing Conservative Government. 
  • Tax burden the highest in 75 years.  
  • More public spending cuts lie ahead.

Zöe Franklin said: 

“The Conservatives will take us into the next General Election with taxes at their highest level since 1948, while the NHS, public services, our standard of living and wellbeing have been decimated. 

“The cut in National Insurance contributions disproportionately benefits higher earners, while freezing the earnings thresholds National Insurance kicks in at will draw more people into paying it. 

 “The continued freeze on personal income tax thresholds will also see more people dragged into paying the basic rate, and others brought into the higher rate bands.

“Make no mistake, the Conservatives are taking far more than they’re giving. This deception is an insult to all of us.”

Ms Franklin continued:  

“Whenever this unelected Prime Minister calls a General Election, our decision on how to vote boils down to some very simple questions:

  • After 14 years of the Conservatives running down our country, our local services and the NHS, do you feel better off? 
  • Are you thriving, or surviving?  
  • Can the younger generation look forward to having better opportunities than their parents enjoyed?  
  • When you or your family need a GP or NHS dentist appointment, never mind any hospital treatment, will you get the care you need when you need it? 
  • Do the Police have the resources to make you feel safe?

“We all know the answers. 

“The disastrous “mini budget” of Liz Truss is still seeing mortgage payments soaring, while we’re all hit with our fuel bills and weekly shop costing more than ever. 

“The legacy of this failing Conservative government is shameful. 

“Our country cannot carry on like this.  

“Guildford deserves a strong and committed local champion, and I stand ready.

A General Election cannot come soon enough.”