The British Government has ditched a flagship tax cut for the wealthy.
In a mini budget last month, Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng announced a string of tax cuts designed to boost growth in the British economy.
The most eye-catching was the decision to abolish the 45% tax rate levelled on those Britons who earn more than £150,000; henceforth, anyone earning more than £50,271 would be taxed at the same rate of 40%.
However, amid talk of austerity the measure played poorly - even among many Tory MPs - and on Monday morning Mr Kwarteng announced a u-turn:
“It is clear that the abolition of the 45p tax rate has become a distraction from our overriding mission to tackle the challenges facing our country,” he tweeted.
“As a result, I’m announcing we are not proceeding with the abolition of the 45p tax rate. We get it, and we have listened.”
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