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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 AvatarJonathan Brown 5th May - 8:59pm
    @Jayne Mansfield - it doesn't look like an endorsement of Zac to me. Quite the opposite. Just from the quote above it looks as though...
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    @Lorenzo - I think Stuart's point is not that we shouldn't be helping children, but that in helping these particular children we are neglecting those...
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    I concur with Jonathan above and not Stuart . For goodness sake , whether by defeat of terrorist evil, or support for humanitarian relief ,...
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    Jonathan If ever an evidence oriented party ,needs evidence our party is in rather good shape, in many ways, if based on the attitudes of...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 5th May - 7:01pm
    @Stuart - a good point. I've recently written an article calling for protection of civilians inside Syria so that they don't need to become refugees...
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