When asked about this Friday’s Ecofin meeting, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was a scheduled Ecofin meeting about the annual budget for 2014 and 2015. The PMOS added that we would be working with other like minded countries to get the very best deal for taxpayers in terms of the sizes of the 2014 and 2015 EU annual budgets.
When asked about the government’s objective to get net migration below 100,000, the PMOS said that this remained the objective towards which the Prime Minister and others were working to.
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When asked about today’s vote, the PMOS said a commitment was made earlier this year that the government should vote on the package.
When asked about wages for lower earners, the PMOS referred to the government’s long-term economic plan. As well as dealing with the deficit, there have still been reductions in personal tax - increasing personal allowance on income tax so as to reduce people’s income tax bills - and an above real terms increase in the national minimum wage.