UK taxes high!

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says UK has highest tax burden since Second World War

It has been suggested Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson have overseen biggest tax rises since the Second World War

‘Fiscal responsibility’ – code words for ‘cock-up!’

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have stressed the need for ‘fiscal responsibility’ amid still-high inflation and rising debt costs.

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), by the time of the next general election, taxes will likely have risen to around 37% of national income, which is the highest level since comparable records began in the 1950’s. 

The IFS said that this is equivalent to around £3,500 more per household, but it will not be shared equally across income group.

Health and Welfare massive tax burden

The IFS also said that this is not a direct consequence of the pandemic, but rather a result of decisions to increase government spending on health and welfare, and some unwinding of austerity. They predicted that this parliament would mark a decisive and permanent shift to a higher-tax economy.

Other think tanks, such as the Nuffield Foundation, have echoed this view and said that there will be strong pressure in future parliaments to raise taxes further to meet growing demand for public services.


Some Conservative MPs have expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of tax cuts from the government, as they believe that reducing taxes is a key part of the party’s philosophy. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have stressed the need for fiscal responsibility amid still-high inflation and rising debt costs.

Lurching from one problem to the next

We saw this type of response under George Osborne during the ‘austerity’ period after the financial crisis of 2008. And now again, after Brexit and the pandemic. They were all Conservative governments.

Hunt has reportedly said it would be virtually impossible to cut taxes at the moment – no surprise there then!

Labour has criticised the government for clobbering the general public with tax rises and failing to deliver growth and wages.

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