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Millions of South East residents gear up for tax cut

March 20, 2012 5:44 PM

Budget day is expected to bring good news for almost 3.6 million people across the South East.

The coalition Government is expected to unveil plans to lift 140,100 people out of income tax altogether in the region. Meanwhile, 3.56 million people will be able to enjoy a £130 tax cut from April.

Catherine speaking at ConferenceCatherine Bearder, a Lib Dem MEP for the South East, said: "Households are facing increasing price rises in their energy bills, at the pumps and in the supermarkets.

"So, a tax cut for millions of hardworking families is not an answer to everything, but provides welcome relief nonetheless.

"Liberal Democrats in Government are having to make cuts in order to balance the nation's books and reduce the colossal national debt, but we are still delivering 75 per cent of our election manifesto.

"This not only includes a tax cut for people across the board, but also more money to pensioners through the triple lock guarantee of increasing the state pension in line with inflation.

"It also means pumping £83 million into the region's most deprived schools to invest in education where it is most needed through the pupil premium."

Local Authority

Lifted out of tax altogether from April 2012

£130 tax cut from April 2012

SOUTH EAST

140,100

3,560,000

Bracknell Forest

1,700

54,500

Brighton and Hove

4,200

101,800

Buckinghamshire

8,000

210,700

East Sussex

9,000

176,900

Hampshire

23,400

592,700

Isle of Wight

3,000

51,500

Kent

24,000

560,400

Medway

4,600

113,700

Milton Keynes

2,700

117,600

Oxfordshire

8,300

284,100

Portsmouth

3,700

66,800

Reading

3,700

73,400

Slough

1,900

55,700

Southampton

3,900

85,300

Surrey

15,800

478,900

West Berkshire

2,800

72,700

West Sussex

15,800

329,200

Windsor and Maidenhead

1,400

61,900

Wokingham

2,200

72,200

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