3 things Theresa May could do to make her actions match her rhetoric

October 5, 2016 4:38 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Nurse with baby (By Salim Fadhley from London, UK (Sarah the Nursey Nurse) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)Theresa May talked a lot about helping ordinary working people, yet she said nothing about reversing the most damaging legacies of her predecessor since last May.

The Liberal Democrats have set out three things Theresa May should do to live up to her rhetoric: abandoning the cap on public sector pay, reversing cuts to universal credit and reversing the tax hike on insurance.

1. Abandon the cap on public sector pay

May in her speech referenced that people's pay 'has stagnated' - yet for 5.3 million people in our country that stagnation is entirely down to the Conservatives decision to cap public sector pay rises at 1% a year for the next 4 years.

If Theresa May cares about pay stagnation, will she now listen to the Liberal Democrats and lift the cap on public sector pay?

2. Reverse the Universal Credit cuts

She wrongly blamed immigration for lower wages, but said nothing about reversing the cuts to Universal Credit that mean 2.1 million of those working on low incomes will lose an average of £1,600 a year. These cuts are identical to the Tax Credit cuts that George Osborne attempted to force through in the first year of the Tory majority Government.

If Theresa May really cares about those on low incomes, will she reverse the Universal Credit cuts?

3. Reverse the Insurance Premium Tax hike

May talked about those who have seen household bills rocket. Yet her Government retains George Osborne's massive increase in Insurance Premium tax, which means over 20 million household paying more for contents insurance, 19 million people paying more for car insurance and everyone paying extra on travel insurance.

If Theresa May is worried about household bills, will she give relief to every person in the country by lowering the cost of insurance products?