PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn says scrap corporate tax cuts to fund social care

Labour leader calls for 'bold' action from Theresa May


Jeremy Corbyn told Theresa May to ‘get a grip’ on social care at today’s PMQs, saying corporate tax cuts should be scrapped to fund the service.

The Labour Party leader said £4.6 billion was cut from the social care budget in the last parliament, while ‘billions seem to be available for tax giveaways to corporations’.

The Prime Minister argued the government’s Better Care Fund was proving ‘more money’ for social care, and blamed Labour councils for some of the problems.

Corbyn replied: ‘This government has cut social care, and she knows it, and she well knows the effect of that’. He said government plans to let local authorities raise council tax to fund social care will hurt poorer areas and benefit wealthier ones.

He said:

“Why doesn’t she do something really bold? Cancel the corporation tax cut, and put the money into social care instead.”

The Tories are cutting corporation tax to 19 per cent in April and 17 per cent by 2020. The total spent on social care was lower in 2015/16 than it was in 2005/6 in real terms.

Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13 

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5 Responses to “PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn says scrap corporate tax cuts to fund social care”

  1. Ann Blyth

    Nasty, nasty Cruella Mayhem.

  2. Chester Draws

    “Bold” ? Hardly. The same tired mantra, time after time.

    I too am against local funding of social care, but pretending throwing more money at a the problem is always the answer is getting wearisome.

    Incidentally Jeremy, not taxing people is not the same as “giveaways”. Unless you consider that the money that the firms are earning is all the state’s in the first place and corporations are only permitted to own it reluctantly.

  3. Fred

    There’s a theory about who wins elections. Any leader can be scored on charisma, name recognition (such as a long standing political dynasty, or celebrity status etc) or high administration skills (such as being a very skilled diplomat or civil servant.)

    So, for instance,
    JFK = Charisma & Recognition
    Blair = Charisma
    Thatcher = Charisma
    Gordon Brown = Admin
    Reagan = Charisma, Recognition
    Trump = Recognition, possibly charisma
    May = Admin = 1
    Corbyn = None

    Basically Corbyn scores 0. That’s why he will never be elected. No-one who has ever scored 0 on all three has ever been elected to high office.

    When you add in the terrible poll ratings for Labour, the distrust of Socialism, the move to the right in Europe and the US, you have a completely unelectable Labour party.

  4. Iynne

    Why do we need social care? Why do we need funding this plague? All over the world and history shows that social care is a plague and beginning of destruction of a nation!

  5. Michael WALKER

    So here we have a country going to leave the EU – a policy we know JC supports.

    We are at risk of losing some large companies to EU competitor nations, or of not attracting new businesses here. And we need those companies to provide jobs, pay taxes etc.
    So taxes are cut to encourage them to stay/prevent them leaving.
    And Mr Corbyn thinks that is a bad move…

    Nothing further need be said.

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