This introduces where UK tax is spent and income tax rates. It also looks at left- and right-wing attitudes to tax and spending. Note: the YouTube videos are deliberately provocative and do not represent the views of compilers.

Overview of task

This introduces where UK tax is spent and income tax rates. It also looks at left- and right-wing attitudes to tax and spending. Note: the YouTube videos are deliberately provocative and do not represent the views of compilers.

Strand

Financial Maths

Prior knowledge

Previous knowledge of calculating percentages would be useful.

Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

AQA

Suggested approaches

Initially discuss where the money goes and how it is collected. Then work out the tax payable for different incomes using a spreadsheet or calculator. The students can then watch the videos and discuss any bias or assumptions. The main activity is for the students to choose (or be given) a political viewpoint, then decide on a tax regime which raises the same £156million generated by income tax. Students can then present their schemes and explain how they would be fair, using examples of low/middle/high earners.

Resources/documentation

In addition to this overview, there are:

- Student worksheet (Word)
- PowerPoint presentation

Relevant digital technologies

Access to a calculator or to a spreadsheet is needed. Internet access is required for the presentation.

Possible extensions

Students can introduce complex tax regimes and use ‘goal seek’ in Excel to set a tax rate.

Acknowledgement

This resource was developed by Gordon Noblett at Accrington and Rossendale College.