Wales written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effect on the average family in Wales of tax and spending changes taking effect from April 2012.

Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan The Secretary of State for Wales

We have given a commitment to make the first £10,000 of income free from income tax and announced a further increase to the personal allowance of £1,100 in April 2013 that will take 95,000 of the lowest paid workers in Wales out of tax altogether We are uprating child tax credits so that families see an increase of £135 per child this year, in addition to the £180 per child over inflation families received last year.

We have also cut fuel duty and scrapped the previous government's escalator meaning that average pump prices are approximately 10p per litre lower than they would be under the previous Government's plans.

All of these tax and spending changes will deliver real benefits to families across Wales.

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