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Wednesday 2 November 2011

Money Marketing: Cable’s mansion tax fails to scare industry

Matthew Sinclair, director of The TaxPayers’ Alliance, is concerned that a change in the way mansions are taxed could just be the beginning.

“Changes to vehicle excise duty were supposed to target gas guzzlers but actually increased rates on lots of modest family cars, like the Vauxhall Zafira,” he says.

“Even Income Tax was originally supposed to be a temporary imposition on the well-off, but it is now paid by people in poverty and dependent on welfare.”

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Chronicle Live: Focus on the cost of drink and drug addictions

Emma Boon, campaign director at the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group, said: “Substance abuse can be tackled with treatment. The welfare system urgently needs to be reformed to give addicts help rather than funding their addiction.

“Being trapped on benefits unnecessarily isn’t good for benefits claimants, particularly those with problems like alcoholism or drug addiction.”

Education News: Teachers should have ‘sabbatical’ to avoid burnout and return ‘refreshed’, says new Ofsted head

Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said such suggestions were ‘out of touch’, adding: ‘Teachers already enjoy some of the most generous holiday allowances in the workplace, paid for by taxpayers.

‘Many of them are threatening disruptive and unreasonable strike action to retain unaffordable pensions.’

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