The JustMoney Movement is urging the Government to use the upcoming Spring Budget as an opportunity to invest in Britain and improve people’s lives, not to sacrifice vital public services and a green future in order to fund pre-election ‘vote-winning’ tax cuts. 

Speculation is rife that the Chancellor is considering deep spending cuts to fund tax cuts, but any decisions to lower taxes in this budget will come at the cost of essential investment in public services and building a green economy. Millions are facing destitution as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite[1], while hospitals, schools, and housing are in dire need[2]. Local councils are going bust and last month the UK tipped into recession. At the same time, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a net-zero economy, creating green jobs and a climate-safe future[3].

In this election year, we need all parties to show they’re serious about investing in Britain, not just winning elections. 

JustMoney Movement Director, Sarah Edwards said: 

We know that tax can be used as a tool to enable governments to invest in the things that matter most to people including the NHS, schools and welfare, tackling poverty, and creating green jobs. We should see tax as a blessing, not a burden – something to be celebrated, not cut at any cost.  We need the Government to step up, to move away from the narrative of tax as a burden and to invest in public services and a green economy. A progressive wealth tax alongside much needed tax reforms can raise billions in revenue to help the Government do this.  

JustMoney Movement Patron, Mike Royal said:

As Christians we are called to ‘seek the welfare of the city’ – the society where God has put us. Speaking up for a fair and progressive tax system is one way we can do this. The Government must use this budget to implement fair and progressive taxes that enable all people, including the wealthiest, to pay their fair share and invest in our vital public services. 

[1] Joseph Rowntree Foundation, “UK Poverty 2024: The essential guide to understanding poverty in the UK”, January 2024

[2] Institute for Government Performance tracker, October 2023

[3] Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit ,The UK’s net zero economy: The scale and geography of net zero economic activity in the UK, February 2024

Image attribution: Simon Walker / No10 Downing Street licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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