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Changes to tax benefit workers

AROUND 2500 extra workers in Solihull stopped paying income tax last Friday.

AROUND 2500 extra workers in Solihull stopped paying income tax last Friday.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt has hailed changes to the tax system which came into force this month.

And the Lib Dem says that Government policy will see a further 87,000 Silhillians £200 better off.

“This is fantastic news,” said Mrs Burt, “it will reduce the tax burden of the lowest paid people across our borough.

“This commitment was on the front page of our manifesto and now it’s being delivered by the Government.”

The rise in the income tax threshold was unveiled by George Osborne in last year’s emergency budget.

Now those earning less than £7,475 a year will be exempt, previously people started paying from £6,475.

It’s expected that the threshold will be increased still further, to £10,000, by the end of this Parliament.

And those who earn less than £116,200 will also be paying less from this month.

The changes were a key policy secured by the Lib Dems when they hammered out the coalition agreement.

However, critics claim that soaring inflation means that the extra cash is unlikely to be noticed.

 

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