Chancellor Rishi Sunak hints that taxes will rise in future to pay for his rescue packages 


Rishi Sunak last night hinted that future taxes will have to rise to pay for the unprecedented economic bailouts for business, workers and the self-employed. 

Unveiling a huge rescue package for Britain’s army of self-employed workers, the Chancellor said he had set aside economic orthodoxy to deal with the national emergency, but warned that would come at a cost as the public finances are plunged deep into the red. 

The latest scheme – which will allow almost 4 million people to claim back 80 per cent of lost profits – follows huge bailouts last week for business and those in employment. 

Speaking at a press conference in No10, Mr Sunak issued a direct warning that the price of the package would include the future loss of their tax and national insurance perks, saying: ‘If you all want to benefit equally from state support you must all pay in equally in the future.’ 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak holding a digital press conference about the coronavirus outbreak

With the overall cost of economic support now running to hundreds of millions of pounds, and tax revenues collapsing, the Chancellor also hinted at wider tax hikes in future, saying that everybody would be ‘chipping in’. 

The Treasury said that tax changes would be set at future Budgets. But a Government source said it was right to ‘level with people’ that the extraordinary bailout packages would eventually have to be paid for. 

Last week the Government announced a £350billion package of support for business, and pledged to pay 80 per cent of the wages of employees whose jobs would otherwise disappear because of the crisis. 

And in yesterday’s announcement Mr Sunak said the self-employed would ultimately benefit from ‘tens of billions of pounds’ in state help. 

Grants will be worth 80 per cent of a person’s average monthly profit over the last three years, up to a maximum of £2,500. 

To claim the cash, people will simply have to show that their profits fell as a result of the epidemic. 

The scheme is expected to cost £3billion a month for three months but could be extended if the epidemic continues. 

Some 3.8 million self-employed people will be eligible to claim, with payments expected to average £940 a month each. 

Payments will not be available until June, leading to questions about how people will survive financially until then. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 10 Downing Street, London, joining in with a national applause for the NHS to show appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 10 Downing Street, London, joining in with a national applause for the NHS to show appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus

People will be contacted directly by HMRC about their eligibility and will receive three months’ money backdated. 

The scheme will not be available to those whose profits average more than £50,000 a year, who account for roughly five per cent of the total. 

They will also not be available to 1.7 million people who are registered as self-employed but get most of their income from a regular job. 

New businesses that did not file a tax return in 2018/9 will not be eligible, with the Treasury saying it would be impossible to fairly estimate their income.

 During his six weeks as Chancellor, the sight of Rishi Sunak standing at the Downing Street lectern giving away billions has become so familiar you would expect less cash if a magic money tree appeared in his place. 

But Sunak was not just Mr Moneybags yesterday: He made it crystal clear that he wants it all back. 

In doing so he passed the first test of any politician who wants to be taken seriously – he showed he had the ability and courage to announce bad news as well as good. He told the self-employed that in return for the help he gave them, they will no longer be able to pay less tax than others. 

If we all want to benefit, he said in explicit terms, we must all pay in equally. But the self-employed won’t be the only ones who pay more. 

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has put in place an unprecedented package of emergency income aid for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has put in place an unprecedented package of emergency income aid for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak 

Everyone will have to ‘chip in to right the ship’, said Sunak. An apt metaphor from a man who grew up in the port of Southampton. 

It could mean tax rises for all of us, public spending cuts, maybe both. Sunak didn’t say when or how. 

It won’t be before Covid-19 is defeated but he wanted everyone to know: His day of reckoning will come. 

Sunak, a former banker, will be aware of the growing number of experts warning of the danger that the cost of the coronavirus cure may be worse than disease itself. 

That the scale of the damage to Britain’s and the wider global economy could be such that it causes huge hits not just to jobs and public finances but to our economic health too, claiming more lives than Covid-19. 

Nor is it just Donald Trump who is making this argument. 

Whisper it softly, but it is a view shared by some ministers – though not surprisingly, none has been bold enough to utter it in public so far. 

The moment he delivered his Budget less than a month after taking office with such precocious confidence, I thought Sunak had the makings of a future prime minister. 

It clearly wasn’t a fluke. His two successive performances have been every bit as assured. 

For all his qualities, Boris Johnson’s critics say one of the reasons he has at times appeared uncertain responding to coronavirus is because his cheery temperament is not suited to breaking bad news. 

Sunak showed no such hesitation yesterday. 

Instead of leaving it to aides to do his dirty work with anonymous briefings of future tax rises, like so many cowardly ministers, Sunak could not have been more up front. 

He announced it from No10 with half the nation watching live on TV It could not have been more plain if he had held up a placard stating: Taxpayers, you have been warned. 

Margaret Thatcher learned the same timeless Conservative principles from her shopkeeper dad. 

They were values that enabled her to prevent the UK going bust after Labour’s overspending – and served her well in 11 years in No10 Downing Street. 

The same values will help Sunak in No11 as he battles to prevent the UK going bust as a result of the unavoidably huge amount he is spending on combating coronavirus. 

SIMON WALTERS: Mr Moneybags Rishi Sunak has made it abundantly clear about coronavirus aid packages… he wants it all back

During his six weeks as Chancellor, the sight of Rishi Sunak standing at the Downing Street lectern giving away billions has become so familiar you would expect less cash if a magic money tree appeared in his place. 

But Sunak was not just Mr Moneybags yesterday: He made it crystal clear that he wants it all back. 

In doing so he passed the first test of any politician who wants to be taken seriously – he showed he had the ability and courage to announce bad news as well as good. He told the self-employed that in return for the help he gave them, they will no longer be able to pay less tax than others. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak holding a digital press conference about the coronavirus outbreak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak holding a digital press conference about the coronavirus outbreak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 10 Downing Street, London, joining in with a national applause for the NHS to show appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 10 Downing Street, London, joining in with a national applause for the NHS to show appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus

If we all want to benefit, he said in explicit terms, we must all pay in equally. But the self-employed won’t be the only ones who pay more. 

‘We’ll have to choose – food or bills’: Self-employed people react to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s bail-out 

Rishi Sunak’s multi-billion-pound coronavirus bailout has left hundreds of thousands of self-employed workers ‘close to a cliff edge’.

The Chancellor unveiled a scheme handing out cash grants worth up to £2,500 a month, in a boost for taxi drivers, musicians, gig economy workers and freelancers.

Many welcomed the move but some have reacted negatively, with roofers, directors, driving instructors and fitness coaches saying it will not help them. 

Roofer Ken Price, 50, from London, said he was concerned people were being made to wait until June for the rescue payment.

Driving instructor Rob Cooling echoed Price’s concerns, saying that many self-employed people will struggle if they have to wait until June for their money. 

His firm, Apple Driving School, provides lessons to pupils with special needs.

Mr Cooling, 40, from Nottingham, normally earns around £20,000 a year after tax. 

But on Monday he was forced to postpone all of his lessons by at least a month after the Prime Minister announced a lockdown. 

 

Hannah Murphy is not sure if she will qualify for government help.

The mother of three runs Globe Fit, which provides dance and fitness classes to schools. 

Her income after tax is more than £50,000, but this includes dividends from her husband’s company.  

Everyone will have to ‘chip in to right the ship’, said Sunak. An apt metaphor from a man who grew up in the port of Southampton. 

It could mean tax rises for all of us, public spending cuts, maybe both. Sunak didn’t say when or how. 

It won’t be before Covid19 is defeated but he wanted everyone to know: His day of reckoning will come. 

Sunak, a former banker, will be aware of the growing number of experts warning of the danger that the cost of the coronavirus cure may be worse than disease itself. 

That the scale of the damage to Britain’s and the wider global economy could be such that it causes huge hits not just to jobs and public finances but to our economic health too, claiming more lives than Covid-19. 

Nor is it just Donald Trump who is making this argument. 

Whisper it softly, but it is a view shared by some ministers – though not surprisingly, none has been bold enough to utter it in public so far. 

The moment he delivered his Budget less than a month after taking office with such precocious confidence, I thought Sunak had the makings of a future prime minister. 

It clearly wasn’t a fluke. His two successive performances have been every bit as assured. 

For all his qualities, Boris Johnson’s critics say one of the reasons he has at times appeared uncertain responding to coronavirus is because his cheery temperament is not suited to breaking bad news. 

Sunak showed no such hesitation yesterday. 

Instead of leaving it to aides to do his dirty work with anonymous briefings of future tax rises, like so many cowardly ministers, Sunak could not have been more up front. 

He announced it from No10 with half the nation watching live on TV It could not have been more plain if he had held up a placard stating: Taxpayers, you have been warned.   

He learned the basics of good housekeeping as a teenager doing the accounts for his mum who ran a pharmacy.

Margaret Thatcher learned the same timeless Conservative principles from her shopkeeper dad. 

They were values that enabled her to prevent the UK going bust after Labour’s overspending – and served her well in 11 years in No10 Downing Street. 

The same values will help Sunak in No11 as he battles to prevent the UK going bust as a result of the unavoidably huge amount he is spending on combating coronavirus. 

‘Oh s***!’ Robert Peston makes hilarious gaffe when he doesn’t realise he is being broadcast to the nation during Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus press conference

By Joe Middleton for MailOnline

ITV journalist Robert Peston appeared to swear this afternoon when he didn’t realise he was being broadcast to the nation during Rishi Sunak’s press conference.

The Chancellor had just outlined his package of support for the self-employed when he asked for questions from journalists, alongside Dr Jenny Harries, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer. 

Mr Sunak said ‘Could I turn next to Robert Peston from ITV.’ But Mr Peston appeared to be having trouble with his home video link and doesn’t realise the Chancellor and Dr Harries could hear him when he says ‘oh sh**’…hello.’

An unflustered Mr Sunak responded ‘good afternoon Robert’, and Mr Peston blamed the poor connection at his home for the confusion, saying it ‘isn’t terribly stable’.

Social media users found the gaffe by the veteran journalist – best known for his work during the 2008 financial crisis – hilarious.

On Twitter Professor Mark Wetherell said: ”oh sh**’ Peston experiencing the same issues as everyone else trying to join virtual meetings.’

A user called Ryan Love declared that Peston ‘wins the daily press briefing!’

And Katie McNulty declared ‘We are all Peston.’ 

At the press conference Mr Sunak revealed that self-employed workers will be able to claim support worth 80% of their average monthly profits in an ‘unprecedented’ move to cover the impact of coronavirus.

The Chancellor said the move – worth up to a maximum of £2,500 a month – would cover 95% of self-employed workers.

The package comes after the Government came under sustained pressure as its initial package of financial support only covered employees.

Mr Sunak said: ‘To support those who work for themselves, today I am announcing a new self-employed income support scheme.

‘The Government will pay self-employed people who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month.’

 

 

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