TUC's Brendan Barber: 'These are truly shocking figures'

Responding to Treasury figures that says almost one in 10 people earning more than £10 million a year are paying less than the 20% basic rate of income tax, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said:

"These are truly shocking figures. For too many of Britain's super-rich, tax is something for the little people.

"Unfortunately the Government is making the mistake of trying to deal with tax reform in a piecemeal way - one day rewarding the very wealthy with a cut in their tax rate, the next trying to unpick their allowances that benefit charitable institutions.

"Instead what we need is a proper and comprehensive review of our tax system - one that sets out to make tax fair for everyone and means the super-rich start to pay effective tax rates much higher than the seemingly voluntary rates they pay at the moment."