"What I am more bothered about is the belief that the gov should be demanding more tax from people instead of reducing it."
Exactly. First they take 50% in P.A.Y.E. and then when you try to spend whats left they take a further 25% in V.A.T.... that leaves the effective tax at 62.5%! What exactly is the government doing that they need that amount of workers hard-earned wages for?