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Sunak says he 'firmly believes in lower taxes' despite April increase


Chancellor Rishi Sunak will pledge to "deliver a low tax, higher growth economy" amid criticism from MPs over rises to National Insurance.

Mr Sunak will tell an audience at the Bayes Business School on Thursday that he will cut taxes "sustainably".

It comes as National Insurance rates are set to rise from 1 April to help fund health and social care.

The rise means employees, employers and the self-employed will all pay 1.25p more in the pound.

"I am going to deliver a lower tax economy but I am going to do so in a responsible way, and in a way that tackles our long term challenges," Mr Sunak will say in his speech.

"I firmly believe in lower taxes."