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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 AvatarPaul Walter 25th Apr - 11:47am
    Well said John. I would add creation of an elected second chamber and abolishing the House of Lords to the list.
  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 25th Apr - 11:45am
    Just in case anyone missed this - or wants a reminder: C4 'Coalition' http://www.channel4.com/programmes/coalition
  • User AvatarJohn Barrett 25th Apr - 11:45am
    Rather than being obsessed by the numbers of seats won by each party on May 7th (as we all agree that this is highly dependent...
  • User AvatarAdrian PR 25th Apr - 11:33am
    > PR would lead to much bigger constituencies or many more politicians. This is not necessarily the case. A mediocre MMP system could function with...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 25th Apr - 11:32am
    Yes parties will probably seek arrangements. And? I am not sure where any of this gets us. What Clegg has said is not earth shattering....
  • User Avatarmargaret 25th Apr - 11:29am
    Sorry to have spelled Rabih,wrongly.
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