House of Commons
INCOME TAX AND THE PERSONAL ALLOWANCE
Tabled 01 November 2011
This is an amendment to an existing motion
Motion originally tabled by Mr John Leech on 31 October 2011
This is amendment number 1
"at end add; `and also believes that raising the threshold at which individuals start to pay national insurance contributions is an essential tool in the fight against poverty for the lower paid.'."
Original Motion Text
That this House welcomes the commitment of the Coalition Government to increase the personal allowance to 10,000 by 2015; recognises that increases in the personal allowance have already taken hundreds of thousands of the lowest paid taxpayers out of paying income tax altogether and that further increases in the personal allowance will benefit all taxpayers, but benefit the poorest taxpayers significantly more as a proportion of their income; further welcomes the recent increase in the minimum wage to 6.08 for adults over 21 years, which translates into a 228 weekly wage based on a 37.5 hour week, or 11,856 per year; believes that any future reductions in direct taxation should be targeted at the poorest taxpayers rather than the rich; and therefore believes that any further reductions in direct taxation should be throughfurther increases in the personal allowance, with the aim of taking those on the national minimum wage out of paying income tax altogether.