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UK's tax burden at heaviest for 49 years

By Shaun Connolly

The tax burden is at its highest level for almost half a century, according to a new report.

The TaxPayers' Alliance said new taxes have hit poorer households the hardest.

Research by the campaign group found tax levels have reached 34.3% of GDP - a 49-year high.

Approximately £30,000 is being spent by the Government per household, according to the study.

With the Government having pledged major investment in the NHS, and demands for increased funding in other key areas, the campaign group urged ministers to steer clear of fresh taxes on "squeezed" families and businesses and instead re-prioritise existing budgets.

John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The gradual increase of taxation and the introduction of new taxes have hit poorer families the hardest, leaving them with less and less at the end of the month."

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