Robert Halfon Supports Autumn Statement for Families, Workers, Housing, the NHS and Harlow

Politics / Thu 26th Nov 2015 at 10:48am

Following the Chancellors Autumn Statement Today Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to families, workers, housing, our NHS and Harlow.


– -The State pension will rise by £3.35 to £119.30, which is the biggest real terms rise in the basic state pension in 15 years.

– – There will now be no change to the Tax Credits Threshold

– – All revenue gained from the minimum EU rate of VAT on Sanitary Products that is currently charged, also referred to as the ‘Tampon Tax’, will be spent on charities which support vulnerable women

– – 6 million pounds childcare commitment to working families in Britain

– – The Schools Budget will be protected in real terms over the next five years

– – Government will maintain funding for free infant school meals, protect rates for the pupil premium, and increase the cash in the dedicated schools grant.

– – Opening of 500 new free schools and University Technical Colleges, and an investment of £23 billion in school buildings and 600,000 new school places.

– – Sixth-form Colleges can now become Academies so that they do not have to pay VAT

– – National Citizens Service expanded to create 300,000 new places for students

– – There will be no cuts to the police budget.

– – Average saving of £30 from the projected energy bills of 24 million households by introducing a cheaper domestic energy efficiency scheme.


– – Apprentice Levy will help create 3 million apprenticeships. To make sure they are high quality we are increasing the funding per place by 15 per cent, with a new business-led body to set standards.

– – 26 New Enterprise Zones to be built nation wide

– – Employment rate is the highest since records began with the number of JSA claimants falling by 383 in the last year in Harlow.


– – The Housing Budget will be doubled to over £2 billion a year to deliver the biggest house building programme since the 1970s. This will mean 400,000 affordable new homes by the end of the decade, almost half of which will be Starter Homes, sold 20% below market value to young first time buyers.

– – Rate of housing benefit in the social sector will be capped at the local rate

– – 3% increase in stamp duty on buy to lets and second homes so that first time home buyers aren’t priced out of buying their own home.


– – Full funding of the Five Year Forward View put forward by the NHS itself as the plan for its future with the first £6 billion delivered up-front next year

– – Creation of 12,000 new training places for nurses

– – 600 million pounds of additional funding for Mental Health Services


– A new World Class Health Centre will be built in Harlow.

Robert Halfon says:

‘I have worked hard both as an MP and in Government to champion workers, protect our NHS, bring jobs and apprenticeships back to Harlow and to support Harlow housing for Harlow people. I am glad that this Autumn Statement helps families, guarantees more funding for our NHS, supports working people and invests in affordable housing for residents.’

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