March 20, 2013 6:04 PM

Fairer taxes for a millionToday's Budget announced that the Income Tax Personal Allowance will be raised to £10,000 in April 2014 - one year sooner than had been expected. This means 985,700 working people across Greater Manchester will get a further Income Tax cut, bringing the total tax cut to £700 a year since Liberal Democrats joined the Coalition Government.

In Greater Manchester, this welcome news also means that 93,440 low-earners will have been lifted out of paying Income Tax thanks to Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government.

Commenting, Cheadle MP Mark Hunter said:

"When times are tough, with rising bills and wages not keeping pace with inflation, we want to give people real, practical help.

"This is not only a £700 tax cut for working people in difficult economic times - it is a £700 million boost to the Greater Manchester economy.

Commenting further, Hazel Grove MP Andrew Stunell said:

"Liberal Democrats are working for a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that everyone can get on in life so we are cutting taxes for ordinary working people.

"Cutting Income Tax will not deal with all of the problems we face, but it will make a big difference to every hard-working family in Greater Manchester."

Commenting further, Withington MP John Leech said:

"Liberal Democrats want fairer taxes, which is why we made raising the tax-free allowance our number one priority at the General Election - so important that we put it on the front page of our manifesto.

"Today's announcement is great news for those on low incomes who need this extra help the most."

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

"When times are as tough as they are now, our focus must be on helping those on low and middle incomes. That's why we've made delivering on this promise our number one priority in Government.

"It's also why we have scrapped another of Labour's fuel duty rises, so filling up your car will be £7 cheaper than under Labour plans. And why we are cracking down on tax dodgers so that everyone is paying their fair share.

"All of this has been done while sticking to our tough but necessary plan to deal with this country's financial problems. Britain can't afford unfunded giveaways - unlike the last Labour Government, we have made sure everything is paid for."

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