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Manx People Power Survey

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Hugh Davidson's 'Manx People Power Survey of Political Opinion' is attached:
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The Tax Gap - is it fair? - Presentation

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Rich and poor gap

Last PAG public meeting

Presentation by Mark Solly (former IoM Assessor of Income Tax)

Mark's presentation at this meeting attached - We welcome your comments.

[link to original meeting notice comments]

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Membership Subscriptions

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Yes, it's that time of year again!

We'd like to thank all members for their invaluable support last year (and all those that kindly donated towards the expense of our public meetings). Your support has enabled us to put on many PAG events on a very wide spectrum of issues. All events were well attended, often with many politicians and civil servants in the audience.  We hope you have enjoyed the meetings and are pleased at the way PAG has matured into a respected community voice.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:09

Be Afraid ! Options to balance the National Budget.....

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budget cutsBe Afraid – Be Very Afraid.....

The impact of the latest UK VAT Agreement is to reduce our Government’s income by some £175 million per year in total – out of an annual total “spend” of some £600 million or so – or a cut of 30%.

Given that our previous Government has spent every penny of income possible in the past five years, made little progress in addressing the problem of the reduction in the VAT tax take (although already actioning the “creative accounting” possibilities of adjusting the nominal interest rate on capital projects, and of starting to take from reserves), the new Government from September faces real problems in producing a “balanced budget”, as it is legally required to do......

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 10:07

The End of the Welfare State ?

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welfare state?

There are several indicators that our expectation for a continuing “big brother”, all - protecting welfare state is under stress, and may not survive in the form we have known it for the past 60 years...

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 10:07

Democracy - Allegedly.....

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yes ministerWe get the opportunity once every five years, to vote ourselves a representative into government. Your vote this time, it is being argued, is perhaps the most important in many years as the new government faces challenging circumstances – a revenue budget under severe strain, a rapidly ageing population with ever increasing expectations of health and social security benefits, a private sector facing the high probability of years of modest growth at best, and the likelihood of big tax increases to fund our public sector spending plans......

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 10:08

Government "in denial" on Public Sector Pensions

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The Burden of Public Sector Pensions – And A Government in Denial....

The Government Strategic Plan states that it is committed to a “fair society”.... but it is in a state of denial as regards public sector pensions and the liability they represent for future generations, let alone the highly unfair situation facing the 70% of the private sector who have no provision for a pension, other than the state Retirement Pension.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 10:08

Tynwald lacks perception

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The KSF affair continues to rankle with many, both on and off the island.

Salt was rubbed into the wounds in July Tynwald when a recommendation of the Select Committee was rejected in order to continue to allow bank directors to also be members of the Financial Services Commission.

It will be remembered that at the time of the collapse of KSF (IoM), John Cashen, one of the directors was also vice chairman of the FSC.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 September 2011 13:33

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