2.5 million people in the North West to receive tax cut – Hunter

March 21, 2012 6:01 PM
Mark and Vince together at Saturday's meal

Mark and Vince

As part of the Budget, the Chancellor has announced that from next year, the Income Tax threshold will be raised further, ensuring that no one pays any income tax on the first £9,200 they earn.

In the North West that means 95,000 will be lifted out of paying Income Tax all together and many more will receive a £220 tax cut. This is on top of tax cuts of £200 last year and a further £130 next month.

Commenting, Mark said:

"The Chancellor has done the right thing in listening to Liberal Democrat calls for the Income Tax threshold to be raised further.

"As a Liberal Democrat, I want to see a fairer tax system where help is provided for those who need it most and where the richest pay their fair share.

"Raising the Income Tax threshold to £9,200 will help average working people in our area who have been struggling with bills and higher cost of living."

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

"Liberal Democrats have been clear in our priorities for the Budget. We wanted to see a Budget for the millions, not the millionaires.

"The Coalition Government inherited an unfair tax system from Labour, who in their 13 years hit ordinary working families hardest by abolishing the 10p tax rate while letting tycoons get away with shameless tax avoidance.

"Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are doing the right thing to clear up the mess Labour left behind, making sure the wealthiest pay their fair share by clamping down on tax avoidance, introducing a 'tycoon tax' and putting an end to stamp duty dodging by the super rich.

"Raising the Income Tax threshold is a key Liberal Democrat commitment that the Coalition Government is implementing. The announcement in the Budget will mean almost 2m people will be taken out of paying Income Tax all together in theUKand give nearly 21m people a £220 tax cut."

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