Lib Dems: Cut taxes for ordinary people, not the richest
The Lib Dems are opposing calls for an immediate cut in the 50% tax rate paid by higher rate taxpayers. Nick Clegg’s party instead wants to give more help to those on middle and low incomes who need it the most.
Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said, “At a time when the whole country faces serious financial challenges, the priority needs to be people on low and middle incomes.”
A key part of the coalition agreement was the Lib Dem commitment to making taxes fairer. The Lib Dems are well on their way to delivering on their pledge that no one should pay tax on the first £10,000 they earn.
Nearly a million low paid workers are no longer paying income tax thanks to this. All basic rate tax payers are paying £200 less in income tax. Each year more and more people on low and middle incomes will gain more thanks to the Lib Dem fairer tax plan.
Danny Alexander said, “Fairer taxes is our goal. I don’t see why, in the next parliament, we shouldn’t be trying to get to a situation where people in a full-time job on the minimum wage are paying no income tax at all.” This would mean that no one would pay tax on the first £12,500 they earn.
Being an active trade unionist for over 30 years in a public sector union that has consistently fought for a fairer tax system I find some encouraging words here. The big issue though will be getting the national debt down so to facilitate significant action towards fairer taxes. One thing is for sure the Tories will never want fairer taxes for low and middle income folks and Labour, when they had the chance in the boom years, did not deliver as my trade union (PCS) said at the time.