Balls backs mansion tax
Ed Balls has pledged support for a mansion tax but only if the proceeds were used to help lower-income families.
Speaking to Nick Robinson for the BBC, he said: “The issue is: what’s the purpose? And if the purpose is to help families facing higher tuition fees, higher VAT or higher fuel bills – for example boosting their tax credits - ‘yes’.
“But if the priority is, as George Osborne seems to be saying, that we will only use the mansion tax only to help people on incomes above £150,000 I say that is out of touch with the struggle families are facing and won’t help get people into jobs which is what we need.”
Mr Balls said the public sector pay freeze should continue but that further austerity would be disastrous.
He said: “So I say the stimulus now, a temporary VAT cut now, get a bit of spending power and confidence is the way to get the deficit down and pave the way for a long term plan for jobs and growth which at the moment is totally absent from this Conservative led coalition.”