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Chancellor’s Budget should help those who are struggling

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the Local Government Association, Gerald Vernon Jackson was joined by more than 100 Liberal Democrat Council Leaders and Group Leaders from across the country in calling on the Chancellor to make helping those on low and middle incomes a priority in the Budget next week.

They were joined by the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams.

In letters to the Chancellor, Liberal Democrats urged the Chancellor to move further and faster on raising the Income Tax threshold so ordinary working people do not pay income tax on the first £10,000 they earn. This will ensure more than 2.5m people will be lifted out of paying tax all together and give millions £60 back in their pockets each month, compared to under Labour.

 

 

Please find a copy of the three letters below:

  1. Dear Chancellor,

    We lead Liberal Democrat council groups across the country and are calling on you to listen to the Lib Dem call to raise the income tax threshold to £10,000 faster than originally planned.

    Giving working people on lower incomes more support has to be a top priority. This will mean over two and a half million low wage earners across the country will not have to pay any income tax at all – and other lower earners will still get a substantial tax cut.

    As councillors from across the country, we see and talk to these people every week. They are people like the working mum whose salary has not increased in recent years and is struggling with rising bills or the young person in his first job who is struggling to make ends meet, worried about unexpected bills and repairs.

    We have heard many times about the need to make tough choices in these difficult times. One choice the government should make is to ensure the wealthy pay their fair share and speed up the plan for the burden to be lifted on the poorest.

    This also means that if there is ever any reduction in the 50p top rate of income tax then new taxes that target the rich must be introduced so the wealthy pay their share.

    Yours sincerely,

    Gerald Vernon Jackson, Leader, Portsmouth City Council and Leader, Liberal Democrat Group at the LGA

    Also signed by 115 Liberal Democrat Council Leaders and Group Leaders from England, Scotland and Wales. The full list of signatories is attached and can be found on the Local Government Association website:

    http://www.libdemgroup.lga.gov.uk/lga/aio/21691483

  1. Dear Chancellor,

    As leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, I am calling on you to heed the advice of my Liberal Democrat colleagues and raise the income tax threshold to £10,000 faster than originally planned.

    Already, the Coalition Government is helping ordinary working people, with 25 million people across the UK receiving a tax cut. In Scotland alone, 71,000 Scots have been lifted out of income tax altogether and 2,023,000 got a tax cut of £200. However, these are difficult times for all of us and we must give working people on lower incomes more support.

    Raising the income tax threshold is a straightforward way of achieving this objective. By lifting over 2.5 million people in the UK out of paying tax altogether and giving millions more a substantial tax cut we give real support to low and middle earners – a helping hand during tough times.

    We have heard many times about the need to make tough choices in these difficult times. The choice for us is clear, lift the burden for the people who are struggling the most now and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share.

    While the additional £130 tax cut planned for next month is welcome, we must go further and faster. Raising the tax threshold to £10,000 as quickly as possible is a fair way of ensuring those who need the must support get it.

    Kind regards,

    Willie Rennie MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

  1. Dear Chancellor,

    As leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, I am calling on you to heed the advice of my Westminster Liberal Democrat colleagues and raise the income tax threshold to £10,000 faster than originally planned.

    Already, the Coalition Government is helping ordinary working people, with 25 million people across the UK receiving a tax cut. As a result of Treasury announcements, from April, 50,000 Welsh workers will be lifted out of income tax altogether and 800,000 receive a tax cut of £330. In difficult times, we believe that the people of Wales and across the UK must get the help they deserve.

    Raising the income tax threshold is a straightforward way of achieving this objective. By lifting over 2 million people in the UK out of paying tax altogether and giving millions more a substantial tax cut we give real support to low and middle earners – a helping hand during tough times.

    We have heard many times about the need to make tough choices in these difficult times. The choice for us is clear, lift the burden for the people who are struggling the most now and ensure the wealthy pay their fair share.

    I welcome the additional £130 tax cut planned for next month but I believe that we must go further and faster. Raising the tax threshold to £10,000 as quickly as possible is a fair way of ensuring those who need the must support get it. In this way, we will help people who are struggling to make ends meet and provide an incentive to work and save.

    Kind regards,

    Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.