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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Isherwood questions First Minister over income tax changes

Questioning the First Minister in the Assembly this week, North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood highlighted the fact that 11,720 low-earners across North Wales will be taken out of income tax altogether as a result of changes introduced by the Conservative-led UK Government this month.
 
Mr Isherwood revealed the figures following inaccurate claims by Labour members that the tax changes will benefit the wealthiest.
 
Mr Isherwood asked Carwyn Jones: “Why would you be opposed to tax changes that mean that 2.7 million of the lowest paid will be taken out of tax altogether, including 11,720 across north Wales, and which mean that the wealthiest in society will pay a greater proportion of UK taxes in every year of this UK Government than in any of the last 13 years of the Labour UK Government?”
 
"Out of the 1.42 million tax payers in Wales, almost 1.1million will benefit from the changes which came into force this month, with 57,007 people in Wales taken out of tax altogether."
 
Mr Isherwood added: “These figures demonstrate how Conservatives in UK Government are taking tough decisions to ensure work pays. They are ensuring a fairer tax system by providing support to individuals on low and middle incomes, and by increasing the rewards to work.”

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