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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 AvatarPhilip Thomas 29th Mar - 11:18am
    (Also known as, which of them would we reverse if we had the chance?)
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 29th Mar - 11:17am
    @Simon did we support the other things Ruth mentions? Or were some of them only agreed to grudgingly?
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 29th Mar - 11:15am
    @ruth - you are correct we did support abolishing the EMA - aka pocket money bribes for potential Labour voters. happy to say that we...
  • User AvatarDominic 29th Mar - 11:11am
    say what you like about the "Ginger Rodent" but he's certainly got a sense of humour and doesn't take himself too seriously :)
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 29th Mar - 11:03am
    @jedibeeftrix: It is sinister because it feeds the fears of that core demographic rather than soothing them.
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 29th Mar - 10:58am
    At last someone has the courage to attack the Tories
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