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A brief (recent) history of the Lib Dems’ flagship tax-cut for the low-paid

Tax Threshold infographicGeorge Osborne’s fourth budget saw him finalise the commitment to implement in full the Lib Dems’ number one manifesto commitment: taking out of income tax all those who earn less than £10k a year.

It prompted this post by my Co-Editor Caron Lindsay yesterday – Why it’s worth being a member of the Liberal Democrats – recalling the recent history of this focus on raising the tax-free allowance. Which in turn triggered this comment by Alex Wilcock, recalling the slightly less recent history:

The fact is, raising thresholds was party policy in the 1990s, then put back on the agenda when Chris Huhne made it the central plank of his Leadership campaign in February 2006.

Curious, I thought I’d do a quick fact-check. Here’s what I found:

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    Nonconformistradical 15th Dec '19 - 5:38pm "What sort of ‘average’ are you implying? Median or mean?" There are more than two types of average (just...
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    What can we do in future? 1. The Lib Dems need to give up the pretension of being a national party. Under FPTP it's pointless...
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    @Michael BG "Increase the National Minimum Wage to 70% of average earnings within seven years" What sort of 'average' are you implying? Median or mean?
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