Jeremy Corbyn has admitted some of those on lower incomes could pay more tax under a future Labour government. Jeremy Corbyn has admitted some of those on lower incomes could pay more tax under a future Labour government.
The Labour leader had previously insisted only the richest 5% of taxpayers, those earning about £80,000 a year or more, would face tax rises.
But he was forced to concede a plan to scrap a tax break for married couples would impact those earning less.
Mr Corbyn argued in a BBC interview that those affected would benefit from a higher living wage.
“They will also be getting improvement in free nursery provision for two to four-year-olds,” he added.
Challenged on the policy in an interview with Andrew Neil on Tuesday night, Mr Corbyn conceded couples in receipt of the marriage allowance would no longer receive a reduction in tax if he wins power next month.
“They won’t get the advantage, it’s actually taking away £250,” he said.
The tax break was brought in by David Cameron in 2015 to promote marriage, with stay-at-home mothers and women who work part-time expected to be the main winners.
It is available to married couples and civil partners with a combined income of under £62,500 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and up to £43,430 in Scotland. Read more