Heidi Allen’s Voting Record on Welfare, Benefits and Taxation

The dictionary defines the word hypocrite as follows:

Hypocrite

noun
1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

Heidi Allen is attempting to put herself forward as a “champion of fairness” for struggling single parents.

She presented her flawed Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents’ Income) Bill on November 28th 2017 which you can read about here.

Standing up and ‘saying’ that she believes something is one thing (despite whatever flaws that lead to that belief); her actions are a more interesting indicator of her true character and beliefs.

How has she acted on the very principles that she claims to uphold? Is she practicing what she preaches?

With the help of the kind people at wwwTheyworkforyou.com we have been able to obtain a summary of Heidi’s voting record on various issues including Welfare Reform, Benefits and Taxation.

It tells a very different story to that of the “champion of the struggling parent”.

Heidi Allen Vote Record on Welfare Benefits

Date of VoteHow Heidi Voted
4th June 2015Heidi Allen voted in favour of proposed spending cuts and changes to the welfare system and in favour of spending on new nuclear weapons.
20 July 2015Heidi Allen voted to reduce the household benefit cap, to freeze the rate of many working-age benefits, to reduce social rents in England and for other changes to the benefits system.
20 July 2015Heidi Allen voted to reduce the household benefit cap, to freeze the rate of many working-age benefits, to reduce social rents in England and for other changes to the benefits system.
15 September 2015Heidi Allen voted to reduce the amounts people are paid in tax credits.
20 October 2015Heidi Allen voted in favour of an impending reduction in the amount people are paid in tax credits.
27 October 2015Heidi Allen voted in favour of reducing the amount people are paid in tax credits.
27 October 2015Heidi Allen was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 13 — Employment and Support Allowance: Work-Related Activity Component
27 October 2015Heidi Allen was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element
27 October 2015Heidi Allen voted to reduce the household benefit cap, to freeze the rate of many working-age benefits, to reduce social rents in England and for other changes to the benefits system.
18 November 2015Heidi Allen voted for proposed cuts to tax credits and against investment aimed at growing a productive economy focused on science, technology and green jobs.
6 January 2016Heidi Allen voted in favour of cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work
23 February 2016Heidi Allen was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 13 — Employment and Support Allowance: Work-Related Activity Component
23 February 2016Heidi Allen was absent for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element
2 March 2016Heidi Allen voted to make the removal of the work-related activity component from employment and support allowance conditional on an impact assessment and to require Parliament to approve details of implementing the change.
2 March 2016Heidi Allen voted to make the removal of the limited capability for work element of universal credit conditional on an impact assessment and to require Parliament to approve details of implementing the change.
26 May 2016Heidi Allen voted in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998; against plans to save the steel industry including fast-tracking infrastructure projects requiring large amounts of steel; and against a principle of the Government not borrowing to fund day-to-day spending.
8 June 2016Heidi Allen voted for reductions in benefits for disabled and ill claimants who are deemed capable of work.
20 July 2016Heidi Allen voted for cuts in housing benefit for recipients in supported housing.
20 July 2016Heidi Allen voted for reducing public borrowing and for capping welfare spending.
16 November 2016Heidi Allen was absent for a vote on Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance — Analysis of Impact of Changes on Those with Different Incomes

That seems pretty conclusive. 

She’s consistently voted to reduce welfare benefits and use the money to purchase nuclear weapons, voting to cut the amount of tax credits people receive and to lower the level of social rent in the UK. 

When push comes to shove, Heidi Allen votes to keep her colleagues in her Party happy. All the moral principles around helping struggling people have to make way for her own self interest.

What about Taxation?

Remember Heidi is a Director of her own Limited Company. You can read more about that and how she maximises her income (in addition to her generous salary as an MP) through “creative accounting and dividend manoeuvring” here.

Heidi Allen Voting Record on Corporation Tax

Date of VoteHow Heidi Voted
14 July 2015Heidi Allen voted in favour of the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits.
21 July 2015Heidi Allen voted for the measures in the Finance Bill including an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and to cap the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election.
21 July 2015Heidi Allen voted for the measures in the Finance Bill including an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and to cap the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election.
26 October 2015Heidi Allen voted for the measures in the Finance Bill including an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and to cap the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election.
22 March 2016Heidi Allen voted to approve the March 2016 budget which contained plans to spend £56bn more than was expected to be taken in, introduced a policy of requiring all schools to become academies and introduced a new soft drinks levy.
11 April 2016Heidi Allen voted to increase the personal income tax allowance, change the way dividends are taxed, cut capital gains tax and reduce the amount which can be taken out of a pension tax-free from £1.25m to £1m.
28 June 2016Heidi Allen voted to reduce the main rate of corporation tax for the financial year 2020 from 18% to 17%.
5 September 2106Heidi Allen voted to reduce the main rate of corporation tax to be charged in 2020.
6 September 2016Heidi Allen voted to increase the personal income tax allowance, change the way dividends are taxed, cut capital gains tax and reduce the amount which can be taken out of a pension tax-free from £1.25m to £1m.

The the general gist of this is that she have voted to increases the levels at which income tax starts to be paid (which incidentally also benefits her).

There is also a theme whereby she is voting to reduce the rate of Corporation Tax (which benefits her as a Company Director as there is more to pay out in dividends).

What about Tax Avoidance? How has she voted on that issue?

Tax avoidance was a big theme in her speech to introduce her Bill. She was essentially saying that by backing her Bill, those who seek to avoid tax would be “found out” by the Child Maintenance Service who could then pass this information on to HMRC.

child maintenance evasion often goes hand in hand with tax evasion

Heidi Allen, November 28th 2017

So, has Heidi been supportive of measures to reduce tax evasion (and avoidance) when they don’t relate to the Child Maintenance Service?

Here are some key votes on this issue:

Heidi Allen Vote Record on Tax Avoidance

Date of VoteHow Heidi Voted
13 April 2016Heidi Allen voted against implementing a series of proposals intended to reduce tax avoidance and evasion.
19 April 2016Heidi Allen voted against giving the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority duties to combat abusive tax avoidance arrangements, including by ascertaining and recording the beneficial ownership of trusts.
28 June 2016Heidi Allen voted against requiring multinational enterprises to publish a country by country tax strategy including information on their attitude to tax planning.

Not only has she voted consistently not to implement measures that would make tax avoidance and evasion harder for everyone; she has also specifically blocked proposals to identify the beneficial ownership of Trusts, some of the financial vehicles she singles out in the speech to introduce her Bill.

So is Heidi Allen really out to make the system fair?

We would argue not.

Rather than make the system “fair” for everyone (including a full review of the Child Maintenance Service and Legislation),  she would prefer to give the Child Maintenance Service the power to subjectively asses a person’s “lifestyle” (also called “guessing”) to further her own political and financial agenda.

Has Heidi Allen behaved like a hypocrite?  The evidence would suggest so…

In a Family Law system designed for combative parents there is no real allowance for the views of children and any understanding of how Family Law ultimately impacts on children most of all.

We speak for the children in Family Law so that, finally, the children have a voice.

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