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In his 2007 Budget the then Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a series of changes to personal tax to take effect from 6 April 2008, including two major changes to income tax rates: the withdrawal of the 10% starting rate and a cut in the basic rate from 22% to 20%. Initially it was estimated that although 21 million households would be better off or no worse off as a result of these reforms, 5.3 million households would pay more in tax. This note looks at the reaction there was to this reform, and the Labour Government's approach after the 2007 Budget to compensate lower-income households who had lost out.


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