Robert Halfon MP backs Chancellor’s Spring Statement

News / Wed 14th Mar 2018 at 10:52am

ON TUESDAY, the Chancellor delivered his Spring Statement and outlined measures that will cut the cost of living, freeze fuel duty, build an even better Harlow, champion education and apprenticeships, and protect our NHS says Robert Halfon MP.

The Government has a track record of cutting the cost of living for hard working Harlow families. Next tax year, a typical taxpayer will pay £1,075 less income tax than in 2010-11. Since 2010, more than 4 million people have been taken out of paying tax altogether. From next month, the National Living Wage will rise again too, meaning a full time worker on the Minimum Wage has seen a pay rise of over £2,000 since 2015.

Fuel Duty has been frozen for eight years in a row, something Robert Halfon has long campaigned on. This delivers a saving of £160 a year to the typical Harlow motorist.

To help build an even better Harlow, the Chancellor is investing £44 billion to raise housing supply to 300,000 a year by the mid-2020s. This will mean much needed housing for the town’s young people who want to get on the property ladder. To help Harlow’s local businesses grow and thrive, the Government is reducing Business Rates by over £10 billion so that they can create more jobs for Harlow residents.

Since the 2016 Autumn Statement, £2.2 billion extra has been spent on championing education and skills. £500 million a year has been committed to developing and introducing T-Levels as a prestigious technical equivalent to A-Levels and another £50 million will go to employers to help them prepare for the T-Levels work placements. A further £29 million construction skills fund will build 20 construction skills villages across the country. Yesterday, the Chancellor also announced an additional £80 million to support small businesses wanting to hire apprentices.

Protecting Our NHS remains a top priority for the Government. Since the 2016 Autumn Statement, they have invested £60 billion in Britain’s future and supporting our public services, while continuing to cut tax for hard working people. Because the economy is improving and the deficit has been cut, the Government is confident they will be able to commit even more funding for the NHS and its workers in the autumn when their spending decisions are made.

Speaking in the Chamber after the Spring Statement, Robert Halfon said:

“I strongly welcome the housekeeping dividend that my right hon. Friend set out in the spring statement, particularly with its focus on the cost of living and skills. In the forthcoming Budget, I ask him to continue that focus on the cost of living, to maintain the freeze in fuel duty, and to develop a skills strategy with the Department for Education to ensure that we meet the needs of the fourth industrial revolution.”

In response, the Chancellor replied:

“If my right hon. Friend will forgive me, I will not make a commitment ahead of the next Budget on any specific tax or duty measures, but of course we will maintain the focus on the cost of living and living standards. He will know—I certainly know—that one of the biggest problems that we have faced over the last year has been the impact on real wages of high levels of inflation. Getting that inflation back down to target is a crucial priority, and I am delighted that we will see real wages rising again from next month as a result of falling inflation and strong nominal wage growth.”

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6 Comments for Robert Halfon MP backs Chancellor’s Spring Statement:

2018-03-14 12:56:35

Shocker there. What focus on the cost of living?! It's increasing more and more under this government. Priorities, targets, blah blah blah. The same empty rhetoric and promises. If the day has a Y in it, a Tory will be lying. Just don't ask Bob about his record of voting on LGBT issues. He'll block you faster than warp speed.

2018-03-14 13:07:47

What have the snide statements got to do with the article ? The economy is shaping up quite well.

2018-03-14 15:50:00

For who? Have your wages gone up mick?

2018-03-15 07:05:09

The only negativity comes from the REDS. BROWN and BLIAR put the country into massive debt, as usual. Who pays the interest after their profligacy ? The people who they promised that if they were kept in office their lot would be better. How rich are these Labourites now ? Check out the wealth of the Millibands, mindboggling. REDS get richer but castigate the Tories. VOTE LABOUR at your PERIL. Lastly, yes, my income has increased but not by much.

2018-03-15 07:42:14

Mate are you seriously saying that the Tories aren’t a party of millionaires? All those private school boys? All those business interests? All that private wealth backing? Anyway, you were talking about the economy- how does it help us all here in Harlow? Have your wages gone up?

2018-03-15 15:32:54

They're a party with millionaires within. Depends how you word it,doesn't it ? So on this basis, the REDS don't have any, is this what you mean ? Getting trivial isn't it ? Who, on a percentage basis pays the most tax ? Certainly not the average man in the street. What about the thousands who can't get to work, because the train drivers, who are earning 60£ a year decide that they want more improved conditions, and come out on strike for two or more days a week. My wages have increased fractionally, but I don't have to tighten my belt. All in all the UK is a good place to live, that's why billions have been invested by foreign traders, who, have threatened to remove their assets if we end up with SOCIALIST regime in charge. LGBT, what ? Beyond me!

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