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The great tax swindle

Date: 2. April 2013
Gavin Kelly

In the week when the meaning of austerity hits home for many, the one big coalition giveaway comes in the form of the rapidly rising personal tax allowance. Any criticism about cuts to tax credits or benefits is met with the same ministerial retort: just look at the size of our tax reductions for those on low and middle incomes.

And this month's hike in the income tax threshold is far from the summit of current aspirations.  The Lib Dems have already made clear that, at enormous expense, they want to go beyond next April's £10k allowance to reach £12.5k in the next parliament – all done in the name of helping the low paid. Not to be outdone, Grant Shapps let it be known that the Conservatives will be joining the bidding race. And Labour has entered the tax-cutting fray with its pledge to reintroduce the iconic 10p tax band that Gordon Brown abolished.

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In-work poverty: the decline of the male breadwinner

Date: 26. November 2012
Matthew Whittaker

Today’s important JRF report on poverty and social exclusion highlights the changing nature of poverty in recent years, finding that more than half of those children and working‑age adults who are reported to be in poverty live in a working household. This trend pre-dates the recession and, as our work has shown, is particularly concentrated among families in which just one parent in a couple works.

 

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