Julian Smith welcomes income boost for working families

Julian Smith MP has welcomed the news that working families in Skipton and Ripon are set to benefit from a range of Government measures coming into effect this week.

From today, the tax-free personal allowance will rise for the seventh year to £11,500, benefitting around 44,505 people in the area and meaning a typical basic rate taxpayer will pay a full £1,000 less income tax than in 2010.

As a result of the Government’s changes to the personal allowance and higher rate threshold, 2,430,000 individuals in Yorkshire and the Humber gain on average £184, and a total of 111,000 individuals will have been taken out of income tax altogether, compared to 2015-16.

In addition:

  • The National Living Wage – which delivered a pay rise to a million people last year – will rise again to £7.50: an income boost of over £500 for a full time worker in Skipton and Ripon.
  • The Government will provide up to £2,000 a year per child through the roll out of tax-free childcare, to help with childcare costs for families in the area.
  • Hard-pressed savers will get a boost, with access to the Government’s new market-leading NS&I bond which will pay 2.2% on deposits up to £3,000.

Julian Smith MP said: ‘We’ve come a long way in the last seven years – there are 2.8 million more people in work, unemployment is at its lowest for twelve years and we’ve cut income tax for over 30 million people. But there is more to do to help people locally and across the UK feel the benefits of the recovery, and make ends meet.

‘By giving the lowest paid a wage boost, taking more people out of income tax, boosting savings and helping with the cost of childcare, the Government is putting working people at the heart of its plan for Britain: to build a stronger, fairer economy that works for everyone.’