Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:54 pm on 6th July 2010.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party 5:54 pm, 6th July 2010

Well, we could have some further job cuts; that would not help. We could just not stimulate business; that would not help. We could charge lower earners more income tax. Hon. Members should not forget that this is the coalition Government who have raised the level of tax for the lowest-paid earners-something that the Labour party did not do in 13 years of government.

Income tax is a very important area in addressing issues that Kate Green and several other Labour Members have raised. We want to ensure that people can keep more of their own money that they have earned. The raising of the income tax threshold towards our Liberal Democrat target of £10,000-it increases to £7,475-takes 880,000 people out of tax altogether and means that 23 million people will gain an average of £176. That is really important to local people.

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