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THE sheer gall of Coun Ian Cuthbertson is simply breathtaking in suggesting the Government should be immune from criticism over the 20 per cent-plus cuts to working-age claimants of council tax benefit (Letters, January 25).
The Lib Dems have presided over the biggest decimation of welfare since 1945. Tax credits and child benefit have been frozen, the childcare component reduced, working-tax credit hours increased, housing benefit cut from 50 per cent to 30 per cent of private rents and in April the bedroom tax will be introduced. And benefit rates capped at one per cent.
The change to Disability Living Allowance will remove the lower rate care element; not to speak of the halving of disabled children’s benefit. What about the drastic reduction to the social fund to 2005 levels or the abolition of EMA? Perhaps Coun Cuthbertson would like to comment on the trebling of tuition fees?
There are alternatives. The upper earnings limit on NI saves higher-rate taxpayers £11 billion a year, while the lower 45p higher tax rate will cost £3 billion. We can also look at higher-rate tax relief on pension contributions.
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