Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You Win Some, You Lose Some; Taxes Up, but Not Too Much - Family

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You Win Some, You Lose Some; Taxes Up, but Not Too Much - Family

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GOVERNMENT attempts to increase economic stability through the budget will result in more taxes.

That's the view of Craig and Michelle Povey from Acklam, Middlesbrough, who say they are unlikely to gain greatly from the budget.

Chancellor Alistair Darling said the increase in child benefit for the first child to pounds 20 a week will start from April next year as well as an increase of pounds 50 a year above inflation on Child Tax Credits for families on low and middle incomes.

But Michelle and Craig say their lifestyle will probably be the same and they are unlikely to feel any better or less well off because decreases in some areas will mean increases in others.

The pair work part time, Michelle, 34, in a bank and Craig, 38, as a finance officer.

They have two children Bradley, five, and Erin, three, and receive pounds 162 a month in child benefit and family tax credit.

"Some of the changes are welcomed like the child benefit increase and some are not," said Craig. "It's nice to have it but no doubt we will have to pay for it in other places.

"I think that beer going up by 4p and wine by 14p was to be expected. I like a beer and Michelle likes a glass of wine but it's an occasional thing.

"I don't think the government increasing taxation on alcohol and cigarettes is getting to the root of social problems like underage drinking.

"Increasing the price on alcohol will not stop the sale of it.

People will buy it from the supermarket and young people will still buy it.

"It's good though that they are trying to tackle child poverty as children shouldn't be living in poverty these days."

As non-smokers the pair will not be affected by the increase of 11p on a packet of 20 cigarettes but could feel the pinch of the fuel tax increase of 2p per litre from October as they each own a car. …

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