FACTBOX-Lobby group reaction to UK Conservative manifesto

LONDON, April 13 (BestGrowthStock) – Britain’s opposition
Conservative Party outlined its vision for government on
Tuesday, seeking to build on its slender opinion poll lead
before a parliamentary election on May 6.

Below are reactions from key lobby groups to the manifesto:

INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS DIRECTOR GENERAL MILES TEMPLEMAN

“We very much welcome the general direction and tone of
Conservative proposals in relation to the economy and business
policy.

“There appears to be a strong desire to shrink the state and
create more space for enterprises to grow. The challenge will be
to turn these aspirations into a reality.

“There are aspects of Conservative policy in relation to
employment regulation, transport and planning that do not sit
easily with what was otherwise a pro-business manifesto.”

“We support Conservative commitments to cut public spending.
We hope to see more of this detail as the election campaign
unfolds.”

MANUFACTURERS’ GROUP EEF DIRECTOR OF POLICY STEVE RADLEY

“Steps to reduce corporation tax, simplify the complex tax
system and boost the research and development tax credit are
welcome.

“However, this has to be set in the context of plans to
reduce the deficit overall and include measures to reflect the
true costs of modern machinery for capital intensive, high-value
manufacturers.”

BRITISH RETAIL CONSORTIUM DIRECTOR GENERAL STEPHEN ROBERTSON

On scrapping part of national insurance payroll tax hike:

“This is a welcome step in the right direction but the
entire increase planned from April 2011 should be scrapped. It
is a tax on jobs.”

On proposed corporation tax cuts:

“In principle, simplification of the complex system of
business taxation is a positive move. We will be consulting our
members about the precise implications of this move for retail
businesses.”

PUBLIC SECTOR UNION UNISON GENERAL SECRETARY DAVE PRENTIS

“Plans in the Tories’ manifesto are a world away from
pulling together, they are about pulling the country apart.
There would be tax breaks for the super-rich, while public
services that people rely on would be axed, or available on a
pay-as-you-go basis.

“This is another ploy to break up public services, plunge
them into confusion and then let the private sector pick over
their bones. The Tories’ plans would create a bureaucratic
nightmare.”

BERNARD ARYEETEY, SAVE THE CHILDREN, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

“We would like (Conservative leader) David Cameron to make
his commitment to meeting the 2020 target to ending child
poverty explicit.

“And a VAT rise – which the Conservative Party has refused
to rule out – could hit the families that are struggling most in
Britain.”

ACTION AID HEAD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS DORCAS ERSKINE

“ActionAid warmly welcomes the news that the Conservatives
will lock in their commitment to spending 0.7 percent of
national income on aid with legislation. Now, all parties are
firmly wedded to this long-standing commitment.

“There were however, missed opportunities in the manifesto
to go further. It could have outlined plans to tackle corporate
tax evasion and could have promised a real Robin Hood Tax on
banks. Although the party’s unilateral tax on banks is a very
welcome step in the right direction, it will not raise the
amounts needed to cope with the huge social costs of the
financial crisis both here and abroad.”

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FACTBOX-Lobby group reaction to UK Conservative manifesto