Wednesday 25 August 2010

Budget affects poorest the most, what do you think?


The coalition government’s first Budget has hit the poorest families hardest, a leading economic think tank has said.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the measures announced in the Budget in June were “regressive” and had a proportionally larger affect on the poorest members of our society.

Its analysis suggests that low income families with children are set to lose the most as a percentage of net income, and so we sent our reporters out onto the streets to find out what you thought about a budget which targets the poor.


Woman on the Street “I don’t have any sympathy for them.  It’s their own fault for not being born into a family with loads of money.”

Shelly Davies, Heiress


Man on the Street “The government has made a massive mistake here. You shouldn’t target the poor, you should target the stupid – they won’t make a fuss.  And if they happen to be both, then all the better.”

Dave Davison, Tax Accountant


Man on the Street “I didn’t read the small print at the time, but there it is, right there in their manifesto – ‘we’ll make poor people poorer”.”

Andy Morris, Lawyer


Woman on the Street “Poor people? Wait, we still have poor people?”

Delores Matthews, Pensioner


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