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Bringing in GST would make pensioners poorer says deputy

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INTRODUCING a goods and services tax now would trigger a level of pensioner poverty that the island has never seen, according to a Vale deputy.

INTRODUCING a goods and services tax now would trigger a level of pensioner poverty that the island has never seen, according to a Vale deputy.

Deputy Andrew Le Lievre, pictured, was speaking at the parish deputies' surgery on Saturday after being asked a question about his views on GST as a form of taxation.

The question was posed during a discussion about the island's deficit, capital projects and Treasury and Resources' proposals to phase out mortgage interest relief.

One parishioner said she thought GST would be a good idea because it would target wealthy people who spent more. But Deputy Le Lievre said if it was introduced it would be those on lower incomes, including pensioners, who would be most affected.

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