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This week's change is the ‘single biggest tax cut in a decade’ Johnson and Sunak say

Chronicle Live logo Chronicle Live 03/07/2022 Alana Calvert and Sophie Wingate, PA & Shane Jarvis & Catherine Furze
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are hoping their joint article will be a show of unity on the cost-of-living crisis. © PA Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are hoping their joint article will be a show of unity on the cost-of-living crisis.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have written a joint article about “the single biggest tax cut in a decade” in what they are hoping will be a show of unity on the cost-of-living crisis.

They said that when the National Insurance threshold rises overnight on Wednesday, July 6 from £9,880 to £12,570, it will save 30 million British workers up to £330 a year. The "historic" tax cut will amount to £6 billion in value and lift 2.2 million people out of paying “any ­National Insurance or income tax on their earnings at all”, with “around 70 per cent of British workers” paying less National Insurance, the article in the Sun on Sunday said.

The rare joint article comes after the Prime Minister’s denial that his Government was being “complacent” about spiralling inflation and said the “cost of freedom” was “always worth paying” amid soaring costs exacerbated by the Ukraine war. They also talked about the billions that the Government plans to spend to cushion inflation by also providing relief for council tax bills, fuel duty and energy costs. Fears were continuing to mount that the cost of living crisis could tip the UK into recession as rocketing inflation saw households and businesses rein in their spending. Inflation has already reached a 40-year-high of 9.1% and is set to rise past 11% in the autumn.

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Speaking at a press conference at the close of the Nato summit in Madrid on Thursday, the Prime Minister said there was a “big chance” to fix unnecessary cost pressures for people and businesses. He spoke of the “very, very tight labour market” and difficult “balance of our energy mix” adding to inflationary pressures.

Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, said last week that soaring inflation would hit Britain harder than any other major economy during the energy crisis and that output was likely to weaken earlier and be more intense than others. New HMRC figures showed that 6.1 million taxpayers were projected to be paying income tax rates at the higher rate of 40 per cent or the additional rate of 45 per cent in 2022/23.

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