Basic rate limit and personal allowance

Part of Finance (No. 3) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:45 pm on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull 4:45 pm, 19th November 2018

It is an enormous pleasure to speak in this Committee stage of the Finance (No.3) Bill, and it is an even greater pleasure to follow Kirsty Blackman in today’s debate. There are always many responses to a Budget and a Finance Act, and people often look at them and pull them apart over time. In this case, however, I think most people would say that the Budget and Finance Bill have been tremendously well received among financial commentators and many pressure groups. One of the areas that have been most well received is the bringing forward by a year of the increases to personal allowances. The increase to £12,500 for basic rate taxpayers and £50,000 for the higher—40p—taxpayers will make a direct impact on the lives of 32 million of our fellow residents.