Brown neglects tax policy

The powerful Commons Treasury select committee said in a report that Brown had spent too much time interfering with other government departments such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Social Security at the expense of tax policy.

Policies such as the notorious IR35 and double tax relief were examples, according to today’s Financial Times, of Brown taking his eye off the ball.

The committee’s report ended: ‘Tax policy may be less exciting than reforming the welfare system but it is no less important.’

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