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Clause 2 - Personal allowance for 2013-14 for those born after 5 April 1948

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Conservative, Penrith and The Border 2:15 pm, 23rd April 2013

One argument that the hon. Lady might like to consider is that apart from the revenue implications, the psychological impact of taking low-paid people out of tax is considerable. The sense that going to work will drag them into a tax trap is a serious barrier to getting work for many people in my constituency and, I am sure, in hers. There might be a good argument for raising the level to £16,000, or the average income. The amount of revenue that the Government derive from such taxation is relatively modest, but it puts considerable psychological obstacles in people’s way.