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EdM still in chamber for #Mandela tributes, Danny Alexander and Justine Greening on the Treasury bench
Mark Field said he would accept a pay rise because under Ipsa's proposals other MPs' benefits would fall. "The truth is Ipsa have listened and in the last few months they have come back with a package that is now cost-neutral, they have ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said it was inappropriate for MPs to get an 11% pay rise and said he personally would not accept his. "I think most people will find it utterly incomprehensible that at a time of pay restraint for the public sector and a ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander rejected the notion that recent economic growth had been primarily based on debt-fuelled consumer spending and a housing bubble. “I don’t accept that that’s a fair characterisation of the growth we’re seeing now, but one ... Continue to article
Chris Leslie said there was “precious little delivery” of infrastructure, despite the launch of more proposals today. “We’re quite used to Danny Alexander every six months or so putting out another press release – it’s what he does best ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander claimed that insurance companies' commitment to invest in infrastructure projects was a vindication of the Government's strategy. "A vast amount of it has been completed and is being delivered at the moment…of the £375bn ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said the Government's plan to reduce energy bills would be compatible with its environmental commitments. "We’re going to deliver £50 off people’s energy bills, and we’re going to do so in a way that ensures that we conti... Continue to article
Danny Alexander welcomed the ONS' public finance figures warned against being too optimistic. "There's obviously a welcome, modest improvement in the public finances in these figures, and that's good. We are working hard to get the defic... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said the IFS report undermined the case for an independent Scotland. "The report sets out just how grim the fiscal choices would be for an independent Scotland... I think it undermines the case for an independent Scotland... Continue to article
Danny Alexander insisted the £10,000 income tax threshold would not have become a reality if the Liberal Democrats had not been part of the Government. “The truth about this matter is that the £10,000 income tax threshold - saying that y... Continue to article
Over the years, I’ve heard the green agenda described in a number of ways: vote winner, vote loser; niche interest; minority sport; middle class luxury; Lib Dem obsession, even. For a long time, politically-speaking, the environment... Continue to article
US president is in trouble but he still has scope to recover Continue to article
William Hague has revealed that GCHQ, the British intelligence gathering operation in Cheltenham, has modified his telephone to stop people bugging it – the Chinese especially Continue to article
While Edward Snowden revealed an over-mighty state, there are other symptoms. In Britain, democracy has some way to go Continue to article
Parliament must fix British legislation urgently and create a new body with independent members to oversee the security services Continue to article
The Government is “redoubling” its efforts to ensure cyber security in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks, the Cabinet Office Minister has said. After Mr Snowden, who was working as a contractor at the National Security Agency at the ... Continue to article
The United States used British spy base Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire to listen in on the phone calls of Angela Merkel and 35 other world leaders, it was claimed last night. Continue to article
Danny Alexander said he was "livid" at the news that energy companies were avoiding paying tax through legal loopholes. "My message to any company that is engaging in aggressive tax avoidance is to stop it, because we as a government are... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said there was still a long way to go to ensure the sustainability of the economic recovery. “We’ve seen growth now over a number of quarters. This is balanced across all the sectors – we’re seeing good growth in parts of... Continue to article
Pleased to see recovery firmly underway. Balanced growth across all sectors. Jobs + growth = #strongereconomy
The German chancellor called the president after a report that U.S. may have spied on her cell phone, but the White House denied the allegation Continue to article
The US tracks the calls of its allies' leaders. Why on earth wouldn't that include the British PM?
Danny Alexander dismissed Labour’s claims that the Government had a poor record at pushing through infrastructure projects. “Total nonsense. We have set out a huge programme of investment in this country’s infrastructure, funded by the t... Continue to article
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander delivers a speech at the Growing Business Awards in London (18.45) Justice secretary Chris Grayling is expected to make an announcement on measures to help motorists cut the cost of running... Continue to article
Downing Street has backed Danny Alexander over his comments on Britain's credit rating, saying what matters most for the Government is "having the right policies in place".
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury this morning hinted at the possibility of Britain losing its AAA status, claiming the credit rating was not the "be-all and end-all".
"What matters is have we got the right policy mix for the country to get people back into work, to support economic growth, to deal with the huge problems in our public finances?" he told the Today programme.
"The credit agencies reflect on those things and the ratings they give are a reflection of the credibility of that mix."
The Prime Minister’s spokesman supported Mr Alexander’s comments, insisting what mattered was that the Government was tackling the deficit.
“I think the point the Chief Secretary was making is that credit ratings agencies have a role to play, but what they do is that they make judgements on credit ratings," he said.
"What matters for the Government is having the right policies in place. Clearly, an important part of that is having a credible policy for reducing the deficit."
Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Rachel Reeves, said Mr Alexander's comments "suggest Ministers are worried about more bad news from the rating agencies".
"Instead of a change in rhetoric the country needs a change of course and a plan for jobs and growth," she added.
Danny Alexander is to clamp down on loopholes that allow civil servants to avoid paying the full rate of income tax.
An official investigation found that 2,000 senior civil servants earning more than £58,200 avoided paying the full rate of tax by being employed ‘off payroll’, though service companies or employment agencies rather than directly.
Details were revealed in a letter from Mr Alexander to the Chancellor George Osborne, seen by BBC Newsnight. Mr Alexander said: “The sheer scale of off-payroll engagements across government, and the length and size of these contracts, suggests that the scope for artificial tax minimisation may be greater than previously understood.
Mr Alexander is to force any official who has been employed for more than six months on more than £220 a day to become full staff members.
Ed Balls has blasted Wednesday's Budget as being "one of the most unpopular, unfair and flawed Budgets in decades".
The Shadow Chancellor added that the Budget was not just "bad politics but bad economics" but also a "missed opportunity".
His remarks come as Danny Alexander defended the Budget as one for "people who work hard, play by the rules and are under pressure".
In an interview with The Times, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said he was "happy" with the decision to lower the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p, and added he he "absolutely no idea" how many Cabinet ministers would benefit from the change.
Mr Alexander said he was are some people "might react against" the move to freeze tax allowances for pensioners, but insisted the move was part of an overall "positive change" for the elderly in the UK.
Danny Alexander has unveiled tough new rules for Whitehall departments that break off-payroll rules.
As many as 3,000 civil servants are thought to minimise their tax bills by being employed via contracts with private firms.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced measures to curb the practice, which it is believed loses the country millions of pounds in revenue each year.
There will be heavy fines for those who do not comply with the new rules. Mr Alexander said it was important that "senior public sector staff pay and are seen to pay their full share of income tax".
Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake said: "I believe it is completely inappropriate for any senior permanent position in the civil service to be held by a contractor instead of a civil servant paying tax in the ordinary way.
"These new measures are an important step in addressing the relatively small number of cases that breach this principle."
Government departments will have to find a further £16bn in cuts as the Treasury tries to keep spending down. In a speech to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will warn of the need for greater austerity measures. He will say the cuts are: "another signal of our unwavering determination to deliver the fiscal consolidation we promised”.
The Health and Safety Executive has ruled to terminate contracts of two executives from the Office for Nuclear Regulation after it was discovered they were receiving payments through private companies rather than the staff payroll. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has written to his Cabinet colleagues to order a Whitehall-wide review to find out how many public officials were not paying tax at source.
09/12/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
08/12/2013 on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One
05/12/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
04/12/2013 on BBC News
04/12/2013 on Breakfast, BBC News
01/12/2013 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 live
21/11/2013 on BBC News
18/11/2013 on BBC News
17/11/2013 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 live
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
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