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Widnes and Runcorn Weekly News; Halton Conservative candidate Ben Jones joins protest against labour National Insurance proposals

HALTON’S Tory General Election hopeful has joined his party’s protests against Labour’s National Insurance proposals.

Ben Jones said: “Labour Ministers confirmed in the recent Budget that Gordon Brown’s Government will be increasing National Insurance on both workers and local businesses.

“Under Labour’s tax-raising plans, anyone earning over £20,000 a year will see their pay packet shrink. Labour will also increase the tax that local firms pay for hiring workers who earn £5,700 a year or more. By contrast, a Conservative Government will stop the most damaging part of Labour’s tax on jobs by cutting Government waste while protecting frontline services.

“The cost of Labour’s tax rise on employers will be reduced by more than half. And anyone earning between £7,100 and £45,400 – seven out of 10 working people across the country – will be up to £150 a year better off than under Labour’s plans.”

He added: “At least 19,800 working people across Halton will be better off as a result. A typical nurse, teacher, firefighter or police officer would save £150 a year.

“People on lower incomes will benefit the most as a proportion of their incomes. And an estimated 6,400 jobs across the North West could be saved by making it less expensive for local firms to hire workers.”

He continued: “For the last 13 years, working people across Halton have seen their taxes put up and their money wasted by this Government.

“Now Gordon Brown is planning a tax on jobs that will hit anyone earning over £20,000a year and destroy 6,400 jobs across the North West by taxing local businesses more.
Labour will kill the recovery with their tax on jobs. Conservatives will cut Labour waste to stop it.”