Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes Chancellor’s budget
News / Wed 27th Oct 2021 at 03:13pm
HARLOW’S MP, Robert Halfon, has strongly welcomed the Chancellor’s budget announced today which he believes shows that “not only are the Government on the side of workers, but they are building an even better Harlow, cutting the cost of living, strengthening our NHS and championing education and apprenticeships”.
Reacting to the announcement by the Government, Mr Halfon said: “I pledged to the people of Harlow at the last election that not only would I continue to work hard for Harlow, but I would do everything possible to cut the cost of living, champion education and skills and protect our NHS.
“This Budget has been delivered in the most difficult of economic circumstances, following the biggest recession in 300 years. Yet, despite the economic picture, I am delighted that, working with the Government, I’ve been able to keep those pledges.
“I’ve fought hard to cut the cost of living and the Chancellor is doing just that with:
“Championing education and apprenticeships has been my passion in politics and today the Chancellor has announced:
“We must continue to protect our NHS and the Government has announced:
“This Budget delivers on the pledges I made to residents and sets out a plan for a stronger economy for Harlow and the country.”
Other announcements include:
So the chancellor thinks his budget today was superb, indeed so did his cheering Conservative MP'. To be fair every chancellor I suspect gets the same ovation whether the results destroys families' livelihoods, homes, health and education. But did it help those already struggling with increases in tax, higher energy bills, food bills, council tax and rent costs? Sadly it did not. In addition Hospital building, policing and courts were mere inconveniences to be dealt with at sometime in the future. I suspect Mr. Halfon will vote for it anyway, sadly!
And I forgot to ask, how much of this money is new? I suspect not much! The IFS may help.
Local services face cuts as Sunak’s Spending Review delivers real-terms fall in council funding https://inews.co.uk/news/budget-2021-local-services-council-cuts-rishi-sunak-spending-review-tax-funding-1272214 Indeed, the IFS shows that despite sharp rises in household council tax bills and £4.8bn of new grant funding for local authorities up until 2025, any additional revenue will be wiped out by rising costs, and councils will be forced to slash at least some essential services. I think it's worth remembering that this Tory council pledged to cut council tax. Something they have failed to do so far.
A bad blow for all on fixed incomes especially pensioners - no triple lock,no free TV licence for over 75s and with increasing inflation and energy costs the outlook for many is bleak