Will taxes rise or fall in next month’s Spring Budget? Host Claer Barrett visits the recently appointed financial secretary to the Treasury, Nigel Huddleston. He addresses the topic of tax cuts as well as listener concerns about static personal allowance thresholds, reduced entitlements to child benefit and ISA withdrawal penalties.

Back in the studio, FT’s Whitehall editor and Political Fix podcast host Lucy Fisher joins Claer to scratch beneath the surface of the minister’s comments on progressive tax policy in light of the IMF’s latest warning to chancellor Jeremy Hunt not to lower taxes. The two also discuss the national insurance reduction, the future of Lifetime ISAs and the importance of appealing to younger voters in the run-up to the election.

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