Below is a question I asked to the Exchequer Secretary yesterday. Labour would have you believe that this Government's priority has been to cut income tax for the very wealthy. David Gauke's answer reveals that it has 'spent' 90 times as much cutting income tax for people on low to middle incomes:
Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central, Conservative)
On the subject of priorities, how much does the Exchequer believe that cutting the higher rate of tax will cost compared with the cost of raising the personal allowance, which has benefited thousands of my constituents and millions of people across the country?
David Gauke (Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury; South West Hertfordshire, Conservative)
The costing for the cutting of the additional rate, according to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and signed off by the Office for Budget Responsibility, was £100 million. The cost of raising the personal allowance is about £9 billion, and that is where our priorities lie.