UKIP’s Jane Collins MEP has slammed George Osborne for, “Giving to low paid workers with one hand, while taking more back with the other.”
Ms Collins, UKIP’s employment spokesman, said, “The Tories have done little more than raise the minimum wage today through their compulsory National Living Wage announcement, while at the same only raising the income tax threshold by £200.
"I very much doubt many of the UK’s six million lowest paid workers will feel much better off when all of today's measures are felt in their April 2016 wage packet. In fact, I fear these measures could in some cases force people currently in work, back onto benefits, particularly a withdrawal rate which means a tax credit recipient on the lowest tax bracket will face an effective marginal tax rate of 80%.
"The government have had success with lifting UKIP policies from our manifesto and they would have benefitted the whole of society by taking the poorest out of tax altogether and getting those on benefits into work."