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Letter: Your Say - Good intentions, but bad result.

Byline: GEOFFREY BULMER

I REALLY do believe the Budget last year was intended to help the people who needed it at the bottom of the pile. Instead it has hit workers in low paid jobs who did not qualify for tax credit.

It is a classic case of the saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

I think the Chancellor was given some bad advice and, because his experience of life is so far removed from the low wage earners, he was not able to check what civil servants told him from what anyone in touch with the grass roots would have known from his own personal contacts.

It is an indication of how the Labour Party these days has made distance between itself and ordinary workers.

He cannot restore the 10p band now because it would benefit all income tax payers and be expensive and altering last year's Budget would be an administrative nightmare.

All he can do is find some money from contingencies to help workers who have been disadvantaged.

Whatever he does, he gives political capital to his opponents.

What a fine mess he has got himself into.

GEOFFREY BULMER, Billingham
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2008
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