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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 AvatarNicholas Cunningham 29th May - 7:40pm
    The coalition years, time stands still for some.
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    Paul Barker, yeah think you are right, I still reckon between 3-5 only.
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    Did Tim forget that Nurses were supposedly using food banks during the coalition years?
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    @ Michael BG, I have no idea how many seats we will get but a Target list of 34 (if I got that right) sounds...
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    And how do you shake off the fact that two years ago you were in government with them? How do you get back the votes...
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    "The strange death of Liberal England" describes the replacement of the Liberal Party as a natural party of government, by Labour in the early to...