As reported in the national media, the Liberal Democrats plan to cut national insurance contributions even further, for anyone earning below £12,500 a year.
The Lib Dems will promise in their general election manifesto to raise the level at which workers start to pay national insurance contributions.
Employees currently start paying national insurance on earnings above £153 a week, or £7,956 a year, at a rate of 12%.
The Lib Dems, who will beat the goal set out in their 2010 manifesto to raise the personal income tax allowance to £10,000 in this parliament, have already indicated that they will pledge to raise it to £12,500 by 2020.
Danny Alexander (pictured) said:
“Our tax system must be fair and help to make being in work pay. That’s why cutting income tax for working people, particularly those on low and middle incomes, is a top Liberal Democrat priority.”