Danny Alexander: Tax reforms will make work pay

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said that income tax changes that came into effect today will help make work pay.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Mr Alexander told Radio 4's Today programme that the coalition government "is working hard to help those on low and middle incomes".

He added: "We think it's important that we make work pay, that we reward people who are working hard on ordinary incomes and that is what the increase in the personal allowance will do".

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