Tax And Spending Plans

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30 Jun 2014
In tough times, it’s important that the policies of all political parties are properly costed and funded. People rightly want to know that the sums add up.
I would like to see rigorous scrutiny of political parties' election manifestos and I think all parties should be willing to subject their manifestos to examination.
Last week in Westminster I voted for the Office for Budget Responsibility (the Government's independent budget watchdog) to be able to audit the costings of every spending and tax commitment in all political parties’ election manifestos, but the Government parties voted to block this important reform.
It is disappointing as it is predictable that they are running scared of having their own manifestos audited.