Wes Streeting MP and Rachel Reeves MP wrote to The Chancellor to ask that the Treasury release distributional analysis on the budget. A copy of the letter can be read below:
The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1 Horse Guards Road
Friday 9 September, 2016
Following the tabling of our amendment to the Finance Bill and strong representations from the Treasury Committee, including from the chair of the committee, we were pleased to learn from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury that you are looking very seriously at returning to the previous practice of publishing a full distributional analysis of the Budget. Following the commitment given by Jane Ellison on the floor of the House of Commons we withdrew our amendment.
Given the commitment we would be grateful if you would now set out the steps you plan to take to return to the previous practice, especially as the Autumn Statement is fast approaching.
If the government are serious about creating a country that works for everyone then it is vitally important that the Treasury not only collect distributional data but publish it too. If there is no movement on this, it is an issue that we will return to in the Treasury Select Committee and on the floor of the House of Commons if necessary.
Wes Streeting MP
Rachel Reeves MP