VAT rise permanent, says chancellor

THE VAT RISE to 20% will be permanent, according to chancellor George Osborne.

Speaking to the Spectator, Osborne said that was a “structural change” to the tax system to help deal with the deficit.

The 50p tax rate on income above £150,000 was a temporary measure, he confirmed.

Osborne also suggested that lower taxation could become a policy after stability was brought to public finances.

“Once we can bring some stability to the public finances, we can look at reducing the tax burden on people.”


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