Rebel MP vows vigilance over 10p tax band removal

Rebel Labour MP Frank Field has vowed to continue to fight against the
government if low earners affected by the removal of the 10p tax band are not
properly compensated.

Although prime minister Gordon Brown had agreed to compensation covering the
average losses to be backdated to April 1, Field told MPs they could ‘take this
measure again in our own hands’ at a later stage if not satisfied, according to

MPs passed the finance bill clause implementing the tax changes by 304 votes
to 262 late yesterday, after a Conservative amendment to the bill, which could
have restored the 10p tax rate in 2009, was defeated.

Jane Kennedy, financial secretary to the Treasury, told MPs the government
was seeking to assist households on a low income ‘in the next few days and

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