The Independent Group unveil plan to raise income tax on highest earners in order to raise cash for public services

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The Independent Group unveil plan to raise income tax on highest earners in order to raise cash for public services



BRITAIN’s breakaway MPs plan to raise income tax on the country’s biggest earners – new leader Heidi Allen signalled yesterday.
The ex-Tory – interim leader of ‘Change UK: the Independent Group’ – said more money should be raised to pay for public services.
AFP or licensors The group’s interim leader Heidi Allen, centre, has announced plans to raise the rate of income tax on the country’s highest earners
She told the BBC: “Well I want a sweet spot where it covers our public services that we need to spend on – the NHS and education.”
Ex-Chancellor George Osborne cut the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p in 2012.
It’s the biggest non-Brexit related policy from the group’s 11 MPs – who last week confirmed they would be registering to become a political party.
Earlier this month Ms Allen said the group would also axe the four-year benefits freeze.
Speaking yesterday she said the group hoped to stand in any snap General Election but was unlikely to be able to field candidates in all 650 seats.
She told the BBC: “We’d target those areas keen on a new type of politics.
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“Our plan is to get out round the country and build our manifesto from the bottom up.”
The group was formed when Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie and five other Labour MPs quit the party.
In February Ms Allen said the ultimate aim was “to be in Government”.
PA:Press Association The Independent Group are in the process of registering to become a new political party

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