Chancellor’s Spring Statement welcomed by MP Robert Halfon

News / Wed 23rd Mar 2022 pm31 02:28pm

THE long-running campaign from Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, which called for tax cuts to support Harlow workers, pensioners and families has today been answered by the Chancellor (says Robert Halfon).

In his Spring Statement, Rishi Sunak, slashed taxes across the board to help cut the cost of living. This follows a £205 Council Tax cut for 34,000 Harlow homes delivered by Harlow’s Conservative Council.

The Chancellor announced:

Cutting fuel duty by 5p for 12 months – a £5 billion TAX CUT and the largest fuel duty cut ever, saving Harlow drivers hundreds of pounds this year.

Cutting National Insurance now – a £6 billion TAX CUT for 30 million working people across the UK from July, worth over £330 a year which means more than 70 percent of Harlow residents will pay less tax even after the new NHS and Social Care levy.

Cutting the basic rate of Income Tax to 19p from 2024 – the first income TAX CUT for 16 years, a £5 billion tax cut for over 30 million workers, savers and pensioners including the majority of Harlow residents.

Cutting business employment taxes now by raising the Employment Allowance to £5,000 – a TAX CUT for half a million small businesses worth up to £1,000 per Harlow business.

Cutting VAT on energy saving materials like solar – a TAX CUT only possible because of Brexit.

Doubling the Household Support Fund to £1 billion for councils to support the most vulnerable – with the cost of food, utility bills and clothing.

Creating the conditions for private sector-led growth – through Autumn Budget TAX CUTS on business capital investment and R&D.

£9.1 billion already announced to provide £350 energy bills support for Harlow homes.

This means taxes are being cut, debt is falling, and public spending is increasing.

Mr Halfon has strongly welcomed the statement as a “Budget for Harlow workers, pensioners and families”.

He said: “I know how worrying this time is for individuals, businesses and families across our town. That’s why I’ve worked hard to cut the cost of living. Today, the Government has announced key measures to do just that, with an Income Tax cut, a National Insurance cut, a fuel duty cut and taxes on Harlow businesses cut.

“I campaigned passionately in Parliament for these measures through constantly questioning Ministers, by meeting with the Chancellor, and by writing to the Prime Minister – backed by dozens of MPs.

“I’m delighted that the Prime Minister and Chancellor have answered those calls and I know these measures will help Harlow workers, pensioners and families. I will continue to do everything possible to ensure that the Government supports Harlow residents through the tough times ahead.”

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11 Comments for Chancellor’s Spring Statement welcomed by MP Robert Halfon:

2022-03-23 16:03:35

Robert, Cutting fuel duty by 0.05p isn’t going to make much difference considering it’s gone up by 0.15p in the last 3 weeks. It has done nothing to help pensioners. He should have reinstated the triple lock.

gary roberts
2022-03-23 16:41:43

Who would you trust: Mr. Sunak or Martin Lewis on the budget consequences? Mr. Lewis rated it 3 out of 10 for helping those in financial difficulty. No contest really!

2022-03-23 16:53:22

Robert, just tell me how better off the pensioners will be after this spring budget. It was you who voted against giving the pensioners the triple lock rise.

2022-03-23 16:59:09

5p off a litre if the likes of BP don't gobble it up which is highly likely, the NI threshold is welcome though.

peter henegan
2022-03-23 18:51:04

"Cutting fuel duty by 5p for 12 months – a £5 billion TAX CUT and the largest fuel duty cut ever, saving Harlow drivers hundreds of pounds this year."Er, for a car averaging 35 mpg £100 of saving equates to 15418 miles. What's the average mileage, 10-12000 per year. So saving around £80. Hardly hundreds of pounds. BBC says taxation is currently around 4% higher, todays measures will reduce that down to around 3.5%. Does that equate to tax cutting, I don't know

2022-03-23 21:25:31

Cutting fuel duty benefits those who drive SUV/4x4/Chelsea Tractor type vehicles the most, and does nothing to help the most vulnerable. The independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the spring statement had given back only a sixth of the tax increases announced by Sunak during his two years as chancellor and that even after these measures, living standards would fall by more than 2% this year – what it said would be the steepest drop since records began in the 1950s. Once again, under the Conservatives, the poor get poorer and are worse off more than ever before The Resolution Foundation said two out of every three pounds from the chancellor’s giveaways would go to those in the richest half of the population. Once again, under the Conservatives, the rich get richer.

Duncan Jenkinson
2022-03-24 08:10:16

Iterations of the Workers Party of North Korea membership standing up and applauding as Kim Jong Un tells them wheat production is through the roof, while the people starve. You know full well this was no good for millions of people, Robert. You've been brilliant for Harlow in so areas, but just like the Owen Paterson scandal when you voted to ruin democracy, you've blundered here again.

2022-03-24 08:50:33

You're only doing this now to get people to vote for you then you go back to your old tricks full the s***

Mr Grumpy
2022-03-24 10:51:06

a 5p per litre reduction on fuel that has risen by 50p per litre in recent weeks and on top of that I get a reduction of £17 per yer (yes per year) on my NI contributions. Hhhhhmmmmmm!!

2022-03-24 11:56:31

It could be worse. At least we don’t live in Ukraine

2022-03-25 15:44:45

fuel duty cut by 5p Wednesday afternoon, bp Southern way cut price from 165.9 to 163.9 following the announcement now two days later its back to 165.9, oil price has barely moved in this time , something not right about this, supermarkets cut their prices straight away but bp seem to be taking advantage

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