Friday, 5 April 2013

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert Praises Fair Tax Changes

Julian Huppert MP has hailed today’s Income Tax cut as a giant leap towards the Liberal Democrat goal of a fairer tax system.

Commenting, Julian Huppert said, “today, the Personal Allowance will be raised to £9,440 – the largest rise ever. This means that 271,000 ordinary basic rate taxpayers in Cambridgeshire will see their Income Tax cut for the third year in a row. That will bring the total Income Tax cut since Labour’s time in government to £600.

“Thanks to this rise in the Personal Allowance, nearly 20,000 of the lowest paid people in Cambridgeshire will have been lifted out of paying any Income Tax at all, and the income tax paid by someone on the National Minimum Wage will be halved.
“Our fairer tax policies, now being delivered in Government, are a real help for ordinary people in these difficult times. The Lib Dems are continuing to fight for a fairer society and a stronger economy, enabling everyone to get on in life.

“Labour doubled taxes for lower paid workers by abolishing the 10p tax rate, and now they stand on the side-lines denying their responsibility for the economic mess they created. In Cambridge, the Labour Party is even opposing our tax cut for workers. It shows that people still can’t trust them to make the right decisions on the economy.

"When Labour left office, someone earning just 6,500 was having to pay income tax - I am delighted that they will no longer have to. People earning up to £9,440 will now pay absolutely no income tax as a result of our changes. They will keep money they desperately need; Labour apparently want to take their £600 back from them.

“At the same time, we know that you can’t trust the Tories to deliver a fairer society. It is thanks to Liberal Democrats in Government that 24m basic rate taxpayers are getting an Income Tax cut today. And Liberal Democrats in the Coalition are cracking down on tax avoidance and ensuring the wealthy pay their fair share.

“Here in Cambridgeshire it’s the Lib Dems who are fighting to deliver both a stronger economy and a fairer society. While the Tory run County Council cuts local bus services and Adult Mental Health budgets, the Liberal Democrats would protect our much needed services rather than looking after Councillors’ own interests. We would make Cambridgeshire a better place to live.”