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MSE Leaders' Debate 2019: The big consumer issues for the election

edited 6 November 2019 at 7:22PM in The Money Savers Arms
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  • BacmanBacman Forumite
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    Promises of high spending in the hundreds of billions - that will cripple our country financially as will put us massively in debt. What about balancing the books instead? High spending = borrowing = paying interest on money we don't have = large debt to the workforce especially the young. It is nice to think the Government of the day have a money tree but people must understand they are using OUR money and there is no such thing as a free lunch; interest on interest is the reality, it's the same bad logic as people have who use "payday loans" - buying today, tomorrow never comes (but it most certainly does, and with a bailiff).


    When I was young, if you didn't have the money in your pocket you didn't spend it; you didn't get a loan apart from a mortgage. It is called being financially responsible - are Parties wanting to be in power thinking we can afford £200-£500 billion pounds in nationising institutions and then being at the mercy of Unions striking; when we only made a fraction of that money in profit last year be a good economic idea? It's worse financially than the bank crash and we are still recovering from that. The country will take many decades to recover and in the meantime, we will be a poor nation as crippled with debt.
  • philsuphilsu Forumite
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    What does your party propose to do to address the injustice inflicted on 50s born women who have been denied their state pension and OAP bus passes? Given little notice to make (or unable to make) alternative financial arrangements leaving many, like myself, in poor health & in financial hardship and unable to get out and meet people?
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    Hectors_HouseHectors_House Forumite
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    edited 18 November 2019 at 8:47AM
    Why have all the parties turned a blind eye to the misery caused by zero hour contracts.

    The days of decent, full time and secure work contracts is gone yet workers are admonished for not putting aside savings for their old age.

    Zero hour contracts were allowed to happen under a Labour government which (should) defy belief. Sadly all our politicians have lost touch with the electorate to such a degree they don’t seem to be able to see the damage this is doing to our country.

    No person working today should need to go to a food bank.

    Will any party have the strength of conviction in what our country could be post Brexit by outlawing this work practise.

    The EU hasn’t protected workers rights as far as I can see and neither have the people we’ve voted for. I despair for youngsters these days trying to build a family.
  • D_M_ED_M_E Forumite
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    Developers get planning permission to build houses on various bits of land and part of the permission is an agreement that said developer(s) will hand over to the local council some of the new build properties for social housing.

    Such agreements should be enshrined in law without getout clauses for the developer - stop them whining and make them stick to such agreements - not many do so now.
  • badmemorybadmemory Forumite
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    philsu wrote: »
    What does your party propose to do to address the injustice inflicted on 50s born women who have been denied their state pension and OAP bus passes? Given little notice to make (or unable to make) alternative financial arrangements leaving many, like myself, in poor health & in financial hardship and unable to get out and meet people?


    I agree 25 years isn't very long is it! Sarcasm by the way!
  • 50Twuncle50Twuncle Forumite
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    Is anyone else confused as to why the Conservatives pledge to increase the cut off point at which workers pay NI contributions is a good thing - currently set at £8632 (£166 per week) to £9500 and then to £12,500 ?

    Doesn't this SAVE the goverment money - because with less NI contributions/ (hence claimants) going in to the coffers - less has to be paid out in pensions ?
    For example, in my case - I work part time and earn considerably less than the present cut off point - so am not entitled to any NI contributions - and thus my pension will be lower than someone who earns more and makes more contributions - increasing the cut off point will take even more low wage earners out of the system ?
    Things may (or may not) get better
  • I would just like to ask what their stance is when it comes to Universal Credit and why it still exists!
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