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DWP data contradicts Sunak's ITV general election debate pension tax claims as 1.5m affected

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer clashed repeatedly during the first televised election debate of 2024, with the Conservative leader going on the attack, claiming that Labour would raise taxes by £2000 and even start taxing people claiming the State Pension.

However, this was almost immediately refuted by pensions experts. During the first debate of the general election, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's assertion that Labour would impose taxes on pensioners was met with scepticism by a tax and pension specialist.

The Labour leader dismissed Sunak's repeated assertions that his party would "raid" pensions if they came to power, calling the PM's claim that he would increase taxes by £2000 "garbage".

The beleaguered Prime Minister said that Labour's spending proposals would cause the State Pension to be taxed "for the first time," but this was quickly challenged by finance experts.

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