Friday 6 December 2019

Angelina Jolie jokes that mansion tax could put her off permanent move to UK

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Ed Miliband’s plans to tax properties of more than £2 million could discourage the wealthy from moving to the UK – including Angelina Jolie.

The actress, who is currently in London promoting new film Unbroken, jokingly told Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow that, although she’d like to have an UK base, the proposed tax could deter her.

“I have lived here before and in the future I think it would be really nice to have a foothold here for work, some kind of office would be nice,” she said.

Snow then notes that the UK’s expensive houses are expected to become more expensive with new tax plans, but suggests that this probably wouldn’t discourage Jolie too much.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

“I’m quite responsible about money. That could put me off,” she laughed in response.

Labour’s proposed mansion tax on the rich was criticised by Myleene Klass last week, who told Ed Miliband during a televised debate that the plans would hit elderly home owners and Londoners the hardest – not the super-rich as he hoped.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

“For me, it’s so disturbing – the name in its own right: ‘mansion tax’,” she said.

“Immediately you conjure up an image of these Barbie-esque houses, but in London, which is where 80 per cent of the people who will be paying this tax actually live, have you seen what that amount of money can get you? It’s like a garage.”

She added that “little grannies who have lived in those houses for years and years”, not the wealthy elite  “buying houses for £140million” because “they’ve got their tax rebates and amazing accountants”.

Labour maintains that the money would go towards the NHS, in funding more nurses, doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.

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