LETTER: Ex-miners are subsidising wealthy
Alan Spencer of the Notts NUM, in last week’s Chad - read the letter here - raises some vital questions in the General Election debate. He rightly describes the Government taking £8billion from the mineworkers’ pension fund as a scandal. This is the equivalent of 4p on the standard rate of income tax for the whole population, for a year.
This has, of course, to be set against the background of large-scale cuts to the workforce of the Inland Revenue and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, now some 25 per cent. This has, of course, made it easier for wealthy tax dodgers to escape the law. Currently the Public and Commercial Services Union, which is the Inland Revenue staff, estimates that some £130 billion a year is avoided by wealthy tax dodges.