Working families tax credit left out of Portillo’s Tory U-turns

Portillo – who announced the Conservatives’ u-turns over Bank of Englandindependence and the minimum wages – ignored the tax allowance during hisfirst performance at the despatch box in the Commons.

A Treasury questions session saw Tory spokesman Howard Flight denounce itfor costing employers £100 million to administer and for allowing claimsfrom families with incomes as high as £38,000.

Flight also accused chancellor Gordon Brown of ‘creative accounting’ byfailing to put the national accounts ‘on a reliable footing’ by treatingthe allowance as a tax cut instead of a social security spending increase.

The contrasting treatment of WFTC by the Opposition suggested its abolitionwould be high on their priority list.

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