Taxation: Income Tax

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th December 2012.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been taken out of the income tax system by the increase in income tax thresholds since 2010 in (1) North East England, (2) Yorkshire and the Humber, and (3) North West England.

Photo of Lord Newby Lord Newby Lords Spokesperson (HM Treasury) (Whip), Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

By 2013-14, the cumulative effect of the Government's increases for personal allowance for those aged less than 65 years, since 2010-11, will lift 2.2 million people out of the income tax system.

A breakdown by country and region is shown in the table below.

Government Office Region Number taken out of Income Tax (Thousands)
North East 90
North West and Merseyside 249
Yorkshire and the Humber 192
East Midlands 167
West Midlands 194
East of England 200
London 255
South East 283
South West 191
Wales 109
Scotland 183
Northern Ireland 64
Address abroad / unknown 34
Total 2,210

These estimates are based on the 2009-10 Survey of Personal Incomes, projected to 2013-14, using economic assumptions consistent with the Office for Budget Responsibility's December 2012 economic and fiscal outlook.

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