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Pressure intensifies on chancellor over taxes

Eighty influential business leaders, their representatives and academics today intensified pressure on the chancellor to reduce the tax burden and lower public spending just days ahead of the pre-Budget report.

Link: CBI warns chancellor not to increase tax

In an open letter to The Financial Times, Ruth Lea, director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Henry Angest, chairman and chief executive of Secure Trust Banking group, and Sir Rocco Forte, founder of Rocco Forte Hotels, among others, wrote: ‘Rather than asking if we can afford to cut taxes, we should take the view that we cannot afford not to cut taxes – to discipline spending growth accordingly’.

They added that large rises in public spending and taxation had ‘not delivered commensurate improvements in public services’.

This follows efforts by the CBI to stop the Chancellor increasing corporate tax in this week’s pre-Budget report.

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