Graham Watson MEP

Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar

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2.17 Million South West Residents in Line for Tax Cut

Ahead of today's crucial budget, figures have emerged showing that 2.17 million people across the region will receive a £130 tax cut from next month, with 100,000 workers across the West being taken out of income tax altogether.

The tax cut is another fulfilment of the Liberal Democrats' key general election campaign pledge of making the first £10,000 you earn tax free. Whilst the coalition agreement states the rise will happen incrementally over 5 years, Liberal Democrats in government have been working to bring this forward in today's budget.

Lib Dem MEP for the South West Sir Graham Watson commented,

'With households facing increasing price rises in their energy bills, at the pumps and in the supermarkets, a tax cut for millions of hardworking families is not a panacea, but provides welcome relief nonetheless.

'Whilst Liberal Democrats in government are having to make cuts in order to balance the nation's books and reduce the colossal national debt, we are delivering 75% of our election manifesto. This not only includes a tax cut for people across the board, but also more money to pensioners through the 'triple lock' guarantee of increasing the state pension in line with inflation as well as pumping £83 million into the region's most deprived schools to invest in education where it is most needed through the pupil premium.

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Note to Editors

Please see below breakdown of figures based on local authority geographic area.

 

 

 

 

Local Authority

Lifted out of tax altogether from April 2012

£130 tax cut from April 2012

SOUTH WEST

100,100

2,170,100

Bath and North East Somerset

2,600

76,300

Bournemouth

4,000

76,600

Bristol, City of

7,300

177,500

Cornwall

 

11,000

184,100

Devon

 

13,800

278,500

Dorset

 

7,600

153,500

Gloucestershire

11,700

249,700

Isles of Scilly

100

0

North Somerset

2,800

91,600

Plymouth

 

5,200

107,700

Poole

 

2,900

63,200

Somerset

 

9,900

227,300

South Gloucestershire

5,800

134,400

Swindon

 

4,100

104,100

Torbay

 

2,800

48,500

Wiltshire

 

8,500

197,100