Treasury wanted a VAT increase instead of NI rise
VAT hike goes out the widnow as Brown wanted NI rise
Treasury preferred a VAT hike rather than a rise in NI, however the
prime minister pushed ahead with his 1% rate increase, according to reports.
Alistair Darling and Peter Mandelson were open to increasing VAT instead of
NI, however Brown and Schools secretary Ed Balls wanted an NI rise.
Times reports that Treasury officials were annoyed that
Darling had failed to insist on a VAT increase.