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  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    The Chancellor's announcement of £2.3bn extra for research and development is a con.

    This £2.3bn only just about replaces the money British firms were receiving from the European Investment Fund, so this is merely substitute money.

    British firms are already finding their funding is drying up as Brexit looms, yet there is hardly a British tech company that hasn't benefited from the European Investment Fund.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Today's budget statement by the Chancellor included no additional funding for the police in England and Wales.

    Crime is rising and police numbers are falling but you wouldn't think the Government cared looking at today's budget. The police barely got a mention in the Chancellor's speech despite forces up and down the country being desperate for a cash-injection.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Liberal Democrat research based on OBR figures shows that:

    • A newly qualified teacher on £22,970 will be £3,032 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A newly trained police officer on £22,962 will be £3,031 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A prison officer starting on £23,572 will be £3,112 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A private starting on £18,488 will be £2,440 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.
    Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Far from the £15 billion promised by the Chancellor, the real figure for housing is closer to a much reduced £6 billion over the next 5 years.

    Hammond is conning the public on housing. The truth is these plans are not nearly radical enough to fix the housing crisis.

    Sending Oliver Letwin in to deal with the Housebuilders landbank is like sending a hamster into a cage of ferrets.

    Chris Fox, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy