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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 Avatarnigel hunter 27th Jul - 9:57pm
    These ideas, first thought of by the party in the 70s should be discussed on social media AND pointed out that it has taken the...
  • User AvatarDan Falchikov 27th Jul - 9:31pm
    I wonder if the beeb still has the footage of Liz Truss proposing the motion to abolish the monarchy at the 1994 (I think) conference?
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 27th Jul - 9:26pm
    @ Conor As a matter of fact it was in the 1959 Manifesto - when the Liberal Party was a real radical party under Jo...
  • User AvatarConor McGovern 27th Jul - 9:19pm
    Lorenzo, how did Bill Clinton's deregulation of Wall St go?
  • User AvatarAndrewMcC 27th Jul - 9:18pm
    Paul, See here for the last few times.. http://vote-2012.proboards.com/thread/8265/elections-july-26-27-28. No Lib Dem has stood there since before 2003, anyway. I think results like this show...
  • User AvatarConor McGovern 27th Jul - 9:17pm
    Absolutely agree with this, we need stronger trade unions also - up to European standards would be great for workers. A major expansion of workplace...
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