Tax changes benefit city

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HALF of Sheffield’s population will benefit from changes to the tax system - and thousands more people will no longer make any contributions at all from next month.

Changes to the income tax threshold involve raising the tax-free allowance from the first £6,475 to £7,745 of a person’s earnings.

It means 250,000 city residents paid less than £42,475 per annum will pay £200 less in tax over the coming 12 months, while 6,000 people in Sheffield will be lifted out of paying tax altogether.

Coun Simon Clement-Jones, cabinet member for finance on Sheffield Council, said: “Alongside our decision to freeze council tax, this will really benefit local people’s piggy-banks. It’s great news for low paid families and is a really good example of Lib Dem influence in coalition.”