Conservative Minister is urged to correct the Commons record after saying people’s taxes are falling
- Laura Trott didn’t provide proof of claim that taxes had gone down since 2010
A treasury minister has been urged to correct the record in Parliament after claiming that people’s taxes are falling.
Laura Trott, the new Chief Secretary to the Treasury, recently told MPs that ‘taxes for the average worker have gone down by £1,000’ since 2010.
Questioned about her statement, she did not provide proof to back up her claim.
The House of Commons library has calculated that personal taxes will in fact have risen by about £1,200 between 2010 to 2024.
Laura Trott (pictured) recently told MPs that ‘taxes for the average worker have gone down by £1,000’ since 2010
Last month Chancellor Jeremy Hunt (pictured) announced cuts to National Insurance, which will come in in January
Labour has written to Ms Trott demanding she correct the Parliamentary record.
The letter by shadow Treasury minister James Murray says: ‘The tax burden in our country is set to increase by £4,300 per household between 2019/20 and 2028/29.
‘Even limiting ourselves to personal taxes, the tax burden is still projected to rise by £1,200 per household.’
It repeats the request for Ms Trott to give an ‘urgent clarification’ of her comments, and, if she cannot do so, to ‘correct the record’ in the Commons.
Last month Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced cuts to National Insurance, which will come in in January.
The Prime Minister told the Mail on Sunday the cuts are just the ‘start of a journey’, fuelling speculation that the Spring Budget will see cuts to income tax.
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