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Labour's Legacy: A Look into the Future

Only time will tell ...


Posted by Roger Eddowes on 01/07/2024 @ 8:00AM

As you walk down any street in the UK, you can't help but notice the buzz surrounding the upcoming general election. With the Labour Party predicted to win by a landslide, many people are wondering what the future holds for the country ...

Only time will tell what Labour's legacy is going to be!

Only time will tell what Labour's legacy is going to be!

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After 14 years of Conservative rule, it's time to take a look at what Labour's legacy might look like. One of the most notable differences between the two parties is their approach to the economy. While the Conservatives have focused on reducing spending and cutting taxes, Labour has promised a bigger state and increased public spending.

This could lead to a rise in taxes, as the party aims to fund their ambitious policies, such as the creation of a new state-owned energy company and a focus on clean energy!

But what impact will this have on the economy? Labour has promised to focus on dismantling barriers to trade with the EU as the Office for Budget Responsibility has estimated that Brexit has already cost the economy 4% in productivity. Will the UK be considering joining the customs union in 2039?

Labour has also pledged to make the UK a clean energy superpower, with a focus on renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. This could have a significant impact on the country's environment, but it may come at a cost.

The party plans to remove generous investment allowances for North Sea oil companies, which could lead to a complete wipeout of the industry. The greenbelt may also become thinner as the party aims to build more houses and increase urban development.

Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, and pensions are all on Labour's radar for potential reforms. Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has stated that they plan a major revision of the UK tax manual, particularly for non-doms and high earners. Private school numbers may also decrease as Labour plans to remove tax breaks for these institutions. Some millionaires have already started an exodus from the country.

Another significant difference between the two parties is their stance on unions. Labour has promised to make it easier for workers to unionise, which could lead to an increase in strikes and demands for higher wages. This, combined with the party's focus on increasing public spending, could also lead to a rise in inflation. As the cost of living increases, so could the pressure on the government to raise wages and benefits.

"Labour's ambitious policies may face some
challenges in the next few years!"

The party's plans to transform the UK into a clean energy superpower will require significant investments and major changes to the energy industry. They also plan to cut the national debt and reduce interest payments, but this will depend on the pace of economic growth and their ability to tightly control spending.

So, a Labour Government could bring significant changes to the UK's political landscape. With a focus on a bigger state, clean energy, and tax reforms, their legacy could have a lasting impact on the economy, taxes, and environment.

But as with any political party, their success will depend on their ability to implement their policies and navigate potential challenges.

Only time will tell what Labour's legacy will truly look like.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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About Roger Eddowes ...


Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.