§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the improvements made in the tax allowances for single persons over the past four years; and what recent representations he has received about the need for improvements in the coming Budget.
§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
The main income tax personal allowances which benefit single people are the single person's allowance, the single person's age allowance—for those aged 65 or over—and the 267W additional personal allowance, mainly for those with single-handed responsibility for children. The amounts of these
1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 £ £ £ £ Single Person's Allowance … 625 675 735 945 Age Allowance (Single)* … 810 950 1,010 1,250 Additional Personal Allowance … 180 280 350 510 * Age exemption for 1974–75.
I have received a number of representations relating to these allowances from individuals and organisations.