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Andrew Griffiths welcomes new income boost for working families in Burton and Uttoxeter

Friday 7th April 2017 (Andrew Griffiths)
Andrew Griffiths welcomes new income boost for working families in Burton and Uttoxeter

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has welcomed the news that working families in Burton and Uttoxeter are set to benefit from a range of Government measures coming into effect this week.

From 6th April, the tax-free personal allowance will rise for the seventh year in a row to £11,500, benefitting almost 47,000 people in Burton and Uttoxeter, and meaning a typical basic rate taxpayer will pay a full £1,000 less income tax than in 2010.  These changes also mean that across the West Midlands, a total of 122,000 people will have been taken out of income tax altogether, compared to 2015-16.

In addition:

  • The National Living Wage – which delivered a pay rise to a million people last year – will rise again to £7.50: an income boost of over £500 for a full time worker in Burton and Uttoxeter.
  • The Government will provide up to £2,000 a year per child through the roll out of tax-free childcare, to help with childcare costs for families.
  • Hard-pressed savers will get a boost, with access to our new market-leading NS&I bond which will pay 2.2% on deposits up to £3,000.

Andrew Griffiths said: “We’ve come a long way in the last seven years – there are 2.8 million more people in work, unemployment is at its lowest for twelve years and we’ve cut income tax for over 30 million people. But there is more to do to help people in Burton and Uttoxeter and across the UK feel the benefits of the recovery, and make ends meet.

“By giving the lowest paid a wage boost, taking more people out of income tax, boosting savings and helping with the cost of childcare, the Government is putting working people at the heart of our plan for Britain: to build a stronger, fairer economy that works for everyone.”

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