Hoban dodges fairness question six times

On the Today programme this morning, Treasury minister Mark Hoban failed to answer Justin Webb's question about the fairness of the Budget six times.

On the Today programme this morning, Treasury minister Mark Hoban failed to answer Justin Webb’s question about the fairness of the Budget six times.

Hoban was interviewed in the wake of the independent IFS analysis that the June Budget was regressive and would hit the poorest household the most, repeating the line that the Government “went through a very detailed distributional analysis at the time of the Budget”.

Listen to it:

The originial IFS report published shortly after the Budget detailed how the Treasury’s own distributional assessment examined only the impact of Budget measures to 2012-13 and included measures announced by Labour in the March Budget. The IFS’ June study concluded that the Budget was regressive if considered in isolation and over the course of the entire Parliament.

The new report, released today, assesses the full impact of the Coalition’s Budget over the entirety of the parliament, and outlines that, including housing benefit, disability allowance and tax credit changes, the Budget is “clearly regressive”.

Here is a transcript of the Hoban and Webb exchange on the fairness of the Budget:

Justin Webb: Can I just ask you this quick question: have you conducted an assessment which you are required to do by law by the equalities act of 2010 to find out what affect this budget has on ethnic minorities, disabled, other vulnerable groups?

Mark Hoban: Look Justin we went through a very detailed distributional analysis at the time of the Budget, it was the most extensive piece of work that anyone has done…

JW: But have you conducted this assessment?

MH: And it looked across a wide range of households in a way that other governments haven’t done, and I think the choice that we faced…

JW: So hold on, can I just get straight from you, have you conducted this legal assessment or not?

MH: Justin, we have gone through the most detailed and rigourous assessment of the distributional impact of this Budget than any government…

JW: So you’ve not, you’ve not actually done the assessment that you’re required to do under the 2010 act?

MH: We’ve gone through the most rigourous assessment of the impact of this Budget on families…

JW: But Not this formal assessment?

MH: We’ve gone through, Justin this is the best and most detailed piece of work any government has done on the impact of their Budget on families and households…

JW: Can I just get it clear from you, you’ve not done the formal assessment that some people think you are required to do under the equalities act 2010?

MH: Justin I think you know you are looking at detail rather than actually at recognising the fact we had to take some difficult decisions in the Budget to tackle the deficit we inherited from Labour, the choice we faced was either to take action now or to do nothing…

JW: But people are going to conclude that you’ve not conducted that, I mean you call it a detail, people are going to conclude now that you haven’t conducted it and that’s a fair conclusion.

24 Responses to “Hoban dodges fairness question six times”

  1. James Easy

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  3. Dan Jones

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  4. Claire French

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  5. David Singleton

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  7. Paul Crowley

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  9. Ralph Ferrett

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  10. Paul Crowley

    Does this mean that someone could get a judicial review of the Budget under the Equalities Act 2010? http://bit.ly/bKorpf

  11. LockPickerNet

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  12. ThisIsNotAGateway

    Hoban dodges fairness question six times: http://bit.ly/bKorpf Phillip Blond suggests in his tweets this morn 'it was a solid performance'.

  13. Nat

    RT @clairee_french: RT @leftfootfwd: Hoban dodges fairness question six times http://bit.ly/bKorpf

  14. Aidan Skinner

    RT @ciphergoth: Today programme presses Treasury minister six times "have you conducted the fairness assesment you legally have to?" http://bit.ly/bKorpf

  15. Shamik Das

    On @leftfootfwd this morning: IFS: Budget is "clearly regressive" http://bit.ly/dbXZC5 & Hoban dodges fairness question http://bit.ly/bKorpf

  16. Other TaxPayers Alli

    RT @shamikdas IFS: Budget is "clearly regressive" http://bit.ly/dbXZC5; Hoban dodges fairness question http://bit.ly/bKorpf

  17. Aidan Mc

    RT @OtherTPA: RT @shamikdas IFS: Budget is "clearly regressive" http://bit.ly/dbXZC5; Hoban dodges fairness question http://bit.ly/bKorpf

  18. Dominic Smith

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  19. Sarah Brown

    RT @David_Singleton: Minister dodges key question six times. Excruciating stuff from Tory MP Mark Hoban this morning http://bit.ly/bKorpf via @leftfootfwd

  20. Natalie White

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  21. Matthew Dorrance

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  22. The “equality landmine” that the Coalition is supposed to back | Left Foot Forward

    […] Nelson, editor of The Spectator, has blogged comparing Treasury minister Mark Hoban’s serial refusal to answer the question this morning to the famous Paxman-Howard Newsnight interview. Nelson says that the […]

  23. Rizzy

    another example of a Tory Minister dodging questions. http://bit.ly/bKorpf If the reality wasn't so dim, this would be mildly amusing.

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