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Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander speaks at the National Association of Pension Funds investment conference in Edinburgh Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers speaks at an Association of European Journalists event ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander welcomed today's unemployment figures. "This is more good news for the UK economy. As a Liberal Democrat in a coalition government, it shows me that our economic plan is working, there are more people in work in this coun... Continue to article
Treasury press release Comment from Danny Alexander on today’s employment numbers "This recovery wouldn’t be happening without the Liberal Democrats in Government. Quarter by quarter, job by job we are rebuilding Britain’s economy. Ev... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said Alex Salmond's speech had "nothing new" and described it as "a pretty panicky response". "There's no bullying going on here, I'm a Scottish MP, I will have a vote in this referendum like 5m other Scots will have. Wha... Continue to article
The first meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Flooding was chaired today by the Prime Minister David Cameron. The new Committee was set up by the Prime Minister earlier this week to coordinate strategic long-term plans on flood recovery a... Continue to article
Danny Alexander rejected allegations that he, George Osborne and Ed Balls were bullying Scots into voting no to independence and said he did not want people 'bamboozled' by the SNP. "Under those arrangements of course, an independent Sc... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has laughed off the idea Danny Alexander has “gone native” in George Osborne’s Treasury. The Chancellor’s aide Rob Wilson claimed last night that Mr Clegg had complained that Mr Alexander had become too close to the Conservat... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron chairs a COBRA meeting on flooding in England Home secretary Theresa May makes an oral statement updating the Commons on the Hillsborough disaster (12.30) Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander (1... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said he saw no case for cutting the top rate of tax below its current rate of 45p. “I don’t see any case at all for cutting it below 45; 45 is in the middle of the pack internationally, it’s similar to our major competito... Continue to article
Boris Johnson refused to rule out the possibility of the Government cutting the top rate of tax before the 2015 election, despite Danny Alexander warning that any reduction would have to happen over his dead body. “Who can say what will ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said Ed Balls' spending plans showed voters that Labour would go back to their old ways if they win power in 2015. "What we've looked at is the approach to borrowing that Ed Balls set out on Monday - he wants to balance t... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said he was against raising the top rate of income tax to 50p, insisting the 45p rate on incomes over £150,000 was "the right place to stay". “I think we’ve got the position about right at the moment; I think the 45p rat... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said the Liberal Democrats would cut pensioner tax relief on big pension pots and use the money to raise the personal allowance further. "It’s not news that the Liberal Democrats favour a mansion tax, we announced it befo... Continue to article
Liberal Democrats press release Danny Alexander said: "This is further evidence that the recovery is becoming established. 2013 was the first year since 2007 to see economic growth in all four quarters. To ensure the recovery is long ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said today’s statistics showing a fall in unemployment was vindication of the success of the Government’s economic plan. “The fact that today we’ve seen the largest number of jobs created in any quarter since records bega... Continue to article
Danny Alexander statement Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "The largest quarterly rise in employment since records began combined with a falling claimant count are further signs that our long term economic plan i... Continue to article
Alex Salmond welcomed the Treasury's announcement they would honour all government debt if Scotland becomes independent and says "common sense has prevailed". "This is actually a victory for common sense over project fear, and it's a bit... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said the Treasury's pledge to honour all UK debt up to September's referendum on Scottish independence was necessary to assuage concerns from investors. “We’ve made this move today because we’ve been having some questions... Continue to article
Danny Alexander insisted environmental concerns would guide the Lib Dems' reaction to the Davies Commissions' final recommendations for airport expansion. “We made promises in our manifesto; we’re sticking to those, and the position we t... Continue to article
Danny Alexander has mocked Ed Balls’ over Labour criticism of his performance at last week’s Autumn Statement. As the Chief Secretary clashed with the Shadow Chancellor at today’s Treasury Questions, Mr Alexander noted Labour sources sa... Continue to article
Mark Field said he would accept a pay rise because under Ipsa's proposals other MPs' benefits would fall. "The truth is Ipsa have listened and in the last few months they have come back with a package that is now cost-neutral, they have ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said it was inappropriate for MPs to get an 11% pay rise and said he personally would not accept his. "I think most people will find it utterly incomprehensible that at a time of pay restraint for the public sector and a ... Continue to article
Downing Street has backed Danny Alexander over his comments on Britain's credit rating, saying what matters most for the Government is "having the right policies in place".
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury this morning hinted at the possibility of Britain losing its AAA status, claiming the credit rating was not the "be-all and end-all".
"What matters is have we got the right policy mix for the country to get people back into work, to support economic growth, to deal with the huge problems in our public finances?" he told the Today programme.
"The credit agencies reflect on those things and the ratings they give are a reflection of the credibility of that mix."
The Prime Minister’s spokesman supported Mr Alexander’s comments, insisting what mattered was that the Government was tackling the deficit.
“I think the point the Chief Secretary was making is that credit ratings agencies have a role to play, but what they do is that they make judgements on credit ratings," he said.
"What matters for the Government is having the right policies in place. Clearly, an important part of that is having a credible policy for reducing the deficit."
Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Rachel Reeves, said Mr Alexander's comments "suggest Ministers are worried about more bad news from the rating agencies".
"Instead of a change in rhetoric the country needs a change of course and a plan for jobs and growth," she added.
Danny Alexander is to clamp down on loopholes that allow civil servants to avoid paying the full rate of income tax.
An official investigation found that 2,000 senior civil servants earning more than £58,200 avoided paying the full rate of tax by being employed ‘off payroll’, though service companies or employment agencies rather than directly.
Details were revealed in a letter from Mr Alexander to the Chancellor George Osborne, seen by BBC Newsnight. Mr Alexander said: “The sheer scale of off-payroll engagements across government, and the length and size of these contracts, suggests that the scope for artificial tax minimisation may be greater than previously understood.
Mr Alexander is to force any official who has been employed for more than six months on more than £220 a day to become full staff members.
Ed Balls has blasted Wednesday's Budget as being "one of the most unpopular, unfair and flawed Budgets in decades".
The Shadow Chancellor added that the Budget was not just "bad politics but bad economics" but also a "missed opportunity".
His remarks come as Danny Alexander defended the Budget as one for "people who work hard, play by the rules and are under pressure".
In an interview with The Times, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said he was "happy" with the decision to lower the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p, and added he he "absolutely no idea" how many Cabinet ministers would benefit from the change.
Mr Alexander said he was are some people "might react against" the move to freeze tax allowances for pensioners, but insisted the move was part of an overall "positive change" for the elderly in the UK.
Danny Alexander has unveiled tough new rules for Whitehall departments that break off-payroll rules.
As many as 3,000 civil servants are thought to minimise their tax bills by being employed via contracts with private firms.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced measures to curb the practice, which it is believed loses the country millions of pounds in revenue each year.
There will be heavy fines for those who do not comply with the new rules. Mr Alexander said it was important that "senior public sector staff pay and are seen to pay their full share of income tax".
Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake said: "I believe it is completely inappropriate for any senior permanent position in the civil service to be held by a contractor instead of a civil servant paying tax in the ordinary way.
"These new measures are an important step in addressing the relatively small number of cases that breach this principle."
Government departments will have to find a further £16bn in cuts as the Treasury tries to keep spending down. In a speech to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will warn of the need for greater austerity measures. He will say the cuts are: "another signal of our unwavering determination to deliver the fiscal consolidation we promised”.
The Health and Safety Executive has ruled to terminate contracts of two executives from the Office for Nuclear Regulation after it was discovered they were receiving payments through private companies rather than the staff payroll. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has written to his Cabinet colleagues to order a Whitehall-wide review to find out how many public officials were not paying tax at source.
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