FirstFT: UK to review proposed tax hikes


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Britain’s new Chancellor of the Exchequer has promised to review the government’s plan to raise corporation tax after a dramatic night of resignations and a premiership on the brink of collapse.

In his first round of media interviews since taking office at the Treasury, Nadhim Zahawi said he could cancel a corporate tax hike planned for next April as he tries to restore confidence in the government shaken by the resignations of Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid. Javid within minutes of each other.

April’s tax hike aims to raise £17billion a year to help fix public finances after the UK government borrowed hundreds of billions of pounds to navigate the country through the Covid-19 pandemic .

The increase was proposed by Sunak but opposed by many cabinet members and Conservative Party MPs who believed the government should cut taxes to help voters tackle the cost of living crisis and spur growth . Sunak, however, feared the tax cut would fuel inflation, leading to disagreements with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In his letter of resignation, the former chancellor said a low-tax, high-growth economy with world-class public services “can only be responsibly delivered if we are prepared to work hard, to make sacrifices and to make difficult decisions”.

He went on to say that he firmly believes “the public is ready to hear” the truth about the need to raise taxes and cut spending to pay government loans during the pandemic.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Brexit Opportunities Minister and a close Johnson ally, insisted the cabinet changes were positive and Zahawi’s appointment would unify the government.

The resignations of Sunak and Javid were followed by those of a string of junior ministers and aides, and increased pressure on the PM who will face opposition Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer in the House of the Commons today for the weekly session of Prime Minister’s Questions. , when he will again have to answer uncomfortable questions about his driving.

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