A hawk-eyed Right Angle fan sent us a link today, pointing out this question by new backbencher Charlie Elphicke MP, from a few days ago:
Charlie Elphicke (Dover): Should we not look at providing tax help for hard-pressed families in totality and in the round, in particular, through measures such as increasing the personal allowance to £10,000 for income tax?
Chloe Smith (Economic Secretary to the Treasury): I certainly agree, and my hon. Friend will know, just as other Members of this House do, that that measure would take more than 1 million low-income earners out of tax altogether, which is a healthy start and a step on the path to our economic recovery.
Given the hullabloo from Nick Clegg in support of this policy over the weekend, it shows that there is now broad and growing support within the Coalition for making the first £10,000 you earn tax-free. Right Angle says: This is all to the good. Forget the Party Politics, let's make this happen.