Finance Bill 2015-16 — Decline Second Reading — 21 Jul 2015 at 17:26

The majority of MPs voted for the measures in the Finance Bill including an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and to cap the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election.

MPs were considering the Finance Bill[1][2], the motion under debate was:

  • That the Bill be now read a Second time.

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add:
  • this House
  • declines to give a Second Reading to the Finance Bill because it fails to address the real economic needs of the country, continues to deepen the social divide between those who have and those who have not, restricts the financial discretion of the Scottish Government over its resources, fails to tackle the iniquity of the Scottish Police and Fire and Rescue Services being unable to reclaim VAT, creates unintended consequences for small challenger banks and building societies whose capital comes from retained profits, removes the exemption from the climate change levy of renewable energy resources and, in combination with welfare changes announced in the Summer Budget 2015 and inheritance tax changes, takes from people on low and middle incomes and gives to the very richest.”

The Finance Bill[1][2]:

  • sets out that that the basic, higher and additional rates of income tax will not increase above 20%, 40% and 45% for the duration of the current Parliament.
  • sets out that VAT rates will not rise for the duration of the current Parliament.
  • sets the amount of the income tax personal allowance for 2016-17 at £11,000 and 2017-18 at £11,200
  • sets the amount of the income tax basic rate limit for 2016-17 at £32,000 and 2017- 18 at £32,400
  • sets the main rate of corporation tax (CT) at 19% for the financial years beginning 1 April 2017, 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019 and at 18% for the financial year beginning 1 April 2020
  • sets the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) (investment in assets which can be set against profits before corporation tax is charged) to £200,000 (it was previously £500,000 but would otherwise have dropped to £25,000)
  • raised the effective inheritance tax threshold to £1 million
  • decreases the rates at which the bank levy is charged from 1 January 2016 onwards.


Debate in Parliament | Source |

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con300 (+2 tell) 0091.5%
DUP6 1087.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 100.4%
LDem0 000.0%
PC0 0 (+1 tell)033.3%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 55 (+1 tell)0100.0%
UUP1 0050.0%
Total:307 61057.9%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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Jim ShannonStrangfordDUP (front bench)aye

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