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Letter: The BIG issue - Gordon's crown.

Byline: Kenneth Armitage

GORDON Brown announced a surprise 2p cut in income tax from 22p to 20p in what is expected to be his final Budget before he is chosen as the next Prime Minister. The Chancellor also pledged an increase in child benefit and more investment in education and the NHS. And Mr Brown was in the news earlier this week when civil servant Lord Turnbull branded him Stalinist. Here are your views...

THIS Budget is designed to appeal to middle and higher-income earners.

Only those with an annual income of between pounds 20,000 and pounds 35,500 will see some benefit.

Taxpayers with an income lower than pounds 18,500 - mainly pensioners and others on fixed incomes - will lose because of the abolition of the 10p starting rate of taxation.

These same groups of people are already suffering with the increases in the iniquitous council tax and the inexorable increases in the cost of power and other utility bills.

This is not a Budget for pensioners and the poorer paid unless they can claim child allowances and child tax credits.

Kenneth Armitage, Ipswich, Suffolk
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2007
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