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Is bringing back the 10p rate band such a good idea?

It is hard to believe that it has been five years since Gordon Brown announced the abolition of the 10p rate band, and I am as surprised that it has taken until now for someone to suggest reintroducing it.

At Conservative Home, Robert Halfon MP argues;

Restoring a 10p rate of income tax, between £9,205 and £12,000, would cost around £6 billion a year according to the House of Commons Library. This is significantly cheaper than raising the personal allowance to £12,500 (which could cost as much as £14.4 billion). It also has the advantage that it would benefit all workers,

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Three simple ways to reform EDMs, without harming the fibreglass sheep

Dizzy Thinks has been on the case again about the costs run by Early Day Motions in Parliament. As he delicately puts it:

Yes, we really do have to spend £150K alone on the salary, pension and NI contributions for the poor sods that have to sort out the latest self-congratulatory bollocks that our MPs want to spout off fruitlessly about.

The combination of cost and triviality of many EDMs has caused some people to call for their abolition. I think this is going too far, as some EDMs do provide a useful mechanism, as a focus for external campaign groups, …

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  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 28th Jun - 4:26am
    "Liberal DEMOCRATS. Have we forgotten what the second word in our name actually means? It means accepting the decision of the majority, even if we...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 28th Jun - 4:07am
    Roland is right: the referendum was advisory. The flaw in David-1's analogy is that if you're in somoene else's house and they tell you to...
  • User AvatarMark Goodrich 28th Jun - 2:24am
    Indeed, fair and I am glad that Lib Dem Voice chose to publish my thoughts on Saturday.
  • User AvatarDavid-1 28th Jun - 2:19am
    @Roland: In contradiction of your suggestion that my "memory has been confused," I offer the very clear words of the Foreign Secretary on the 25th...
  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 28th Jun - 1:45am
    I agree Katharine. We have just experienced a democratic revolution which has shown us how divided our nation actually is. Some people registered to vote...
  • User AvatarLeave EU 28th Jun - 1:29am
    @David-1 - "don't play with fire" comes to mind re: ignoring the DEMOCRATIC result (at least politically) - Prime Minister Farage?