The Budget has confirmed victory for the Liberal Democrats in our campaign to deliver an £800 tax cut for people on low and middle incomes.
Cutting income tax by £700 - by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 - was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. That comes into effect next month and the Budget today has confirmed that the Liberal Democrats have now been able to go even further. The tax-free threshold will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 for 25 million working people since 2010.
Liberal Democrat policy is to continue to increase the threshold in the next Parliament to £12,500.
The Budget also includes:
- A boost for apprenticeships - £85m to extend the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers scheme and £20m to support apprenticeships up to postgraduate level
- A fuel duty freeze
- Giving people control over the money they have saved in their pension pots - removing the need for people to be tied into buying annuities
- Help for savers - reducing tax on savings for people on lowincomes and increasing the levels and flexibility on ISAs
- Help for small businesses - doubling the amount of money that companies can set off against tax for investing in new equipment to £500,000
- Tax-free childcare worth up to £2,000 per child
- More measures to clamp down on tax avoidance
Bristol West MP, Stephen Williams said:
"Our manifesto pledge to take the poorest out of tax and give millions of low-earners a tax cut is making Britain a fairer place.
"Now you can keep even more of your money, with £10,500 free of income tax thanks to the Liberal Democrats. This goes beyond our 2010 manifesto!
"I want us to go even further after the election - with the goal that you don't pay Income Tax until you earn more than the minimum wage."
Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander added:
"This recovery would not be happening without the Liberal Democrats in Government.
"The Liberal Democrats are committed to building a stronger economy and a fairer society.
"The Liberal Democrats have fought for rises in the amount of money that people can earn before paying income tax right from the start of the coalition. We have already delivered an increase to £10,000 by April this year. That gives millions of tax payers a £700 tax cut.
"We've been campaigning for months to go even further and we've been successful. The personal tax-free allowance will rise to £10,500 in April 2015 which will give millions of taxpayers another £100 tax cut taking the total tax cut in 2015 to £800."