TAXING THE POOR

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Conference
2009 National Women's Conference
Date
21 October 2008
Decision
Carried

Conference is appalled at the government’s decision to abolish the 10p tax rate, a decision which forces more than five million workers up into the twenty per cent tax bracket and which adversely affects people in the poorer half of the population, those earning less than £18,000 per annum.

Despite the government announcing some further changes in autumn 2008 in an attempt to redress the balance, many UNISON members will be considerably worse off, the majority of them part-time women workers and low paid women workers such as admin and clerical staff, teaching assistants, cleaners, health care assistants and junior nurses and midwives.

Conference therefore calls upon the National Women’s Committee to work with the NEC and Labour Link to lobby the government to compensate those low paid workers who have lost out, and for a progressive tax system which does not penalise low paid women.