Robert Halfon welcomes “pay boost for hard working Harlow people”

News / Thu 23rd Nov 2023 at 09:51am

HARLOW’S MP, Robert Halfon, has welcomed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement that provides a “record-breaking pay boost for hard working Harlow people. Tax cuts, duty freezes and increases to the National Living Wage mean local people will be hundreds of pounds better off from January”. 

Welcoming this Budget, Mr Halfon said, “This Autumn Statement delivers for Harlow people and I welcome the measures announced yesterday. Pay rises for hardworking Harlow people, protections for pensioners and those in receipt of benefits, more investment for businesses, tax cuts for the self employed, and a significant boost for apprenticeships and skills learning. These measures, combined with the Government’s plans for investment and growth will mean opportunity for all. 

This budget demonstrates the compassionate approach of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to provide opportunity, drive social mobility and also continue to support those most in need. This is an Autumn Statement for a country that has turned a corner and an Autumn Statement for Growth.”

With inflation now halved thanks to the decisions made by the Prime Minister and Chancellor to reduce borrowing and grow the economy, yesterday’s budget contains 110 measures which will benefit hard-working Harlow families by cutting the cost of living, backing business and delivering our world-class education system.

Cost of Living

  1. Since introducing the National Living Wage in 2010, this Conservative Government has gone further and increased the payment again by 9.8% to £11.44/hour – an extra £1,800 every year for lower paid workers and a 30% increase in real take-home after-tax pay since 2010. 
  2. National Insurance has been slashed by 2%, helping 27 million people to keep more of the money they earn. For somebody earning £35,000, this tax-cut is worth over £450 per year. For the average nurse, this saving increases to £520 and for the average police officer, to £630 every single year. Hard working Harlow residents will see the benefit of this tax-cut in their first pay slip of 2024. 
  3. The Chancellor has also honoured our commitments to protect the Pensions Triple Lock. Those in receipt of the state pension will receive an 8.5% boost to their pensions, taking their weekly income to over £200.
  4. Universal Credit and other benefits will also increase by 6.7% next year, an average increase of £470 for over 5 million of the most vulnerable households. 

Backing Harlow Businesses

  1. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy. That’s why the Chancellor has announced a £20 billion package to freeze business rates, make full expensing permanent and extend the retail, hospitality and leisure relief to more businesses across Harlow. 
  2. For too long, self-employed people have been penalised by overwhelming and complicated taxes. From plumbers and delivery drivers to farmers and electricians, hard working self employed people kept our country going during the pandemic. That’s why Class 2 National Insurance has been abolished, saving the average self employed person £192 per year. Class 4 National Insurance has also been cut, saving around 2 million self employed people an additional £350 per year from April. 

Championing Apprenticeships and Skills

  1. We will provide £50 million of extra funding to boost apprenticeships in key sectors for our economic growth such as engineering. 
  2. Since 2010, over 5.5 million people have started apprenticeships, including 8,000 in Harlow alone. More than 185,000 degree apprenticeships have levelled the playing field, driven up social mobility and helped people to climb the ladder of opportunity. 
  3. This Government is going further still, with ambitious plans to deliver the Advanced British Standard that will put technical and vocational learning on an equal footing with traditional pathways, get rid of rip-off university degrees and ensure every young person leaves school with the maths and English skills they need for life beyond the classroom.
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12 Comments for Robert Halfon welcomes “pay boost for hard working Harlow people”:

2023-11-23 12:37:03

Again Mr Halfon is taking people for fools. Not putting up the tax thresholds in line with inflation will take more from workers than the NI cut. The tax burden under the Conservatives is at a record higher and it's still rising,

Tony Edwards
2023-11-23 12:41:08

A few uncomfortable facts from the Office For Budget Responsibility - - - 1. "Living standards, as measured by real household disposable income per person, are forecast to be 3.5% lower in 2024-25 than their pre-pandemic level." 2. "Tax changes in this Autumn Statement reduce the tax burden by 0.7% of GDP, but it still rises in every year to a post-war high of 37.7% of GDP by 2028-29." 3. "By 2028-29, frozen thresholds result in nearly four million additional workers paying income tax, three million more moved to a higher rate and 400,000 more paying the additional rate”.

2023-11-23 13:11:00

Robert Halfon was also pleased with the economy trashing Liz Truss budget, so I guess he would be pleased with anything. Perhaps he would also explain why he is so please with the huge cuts to the NHS? https://bylinetimes.com/2023/11/23/austerity-2-0-snuck-into-chancellor-jeremy-hunts-autumn-statement-as-nhs-and-services-face-huge-cuts/ "Jeremy Hunt has cut day-to-day spending in cash terms for NHS England in 2024-25 from £165.9bn in his March Budget to £162.5bn in the Autumn Statement, a cut of £3.4 billion." Meanwhile, those poor deserving people, the banks, have had thir tax cut. "Jeremy Hunt cut the Bank Surcharge from 8% to 3% in April this year, even as he increased taxes on millions of families by extending the freeze in income tax thresholds. " Perhaps Robert could explain why the NHS is getting it budget cut again, why everyone else is paying more in tax, except bankers who have got their bonus', and cut the Bank Surcharge. Why does Robert think that the NHS and everyone else is worthless than the banks?

Harlow resident
2023-11-23 13:13:40

I don't see how this helps?! For starters they really need to look at working out the average wage to show an actually TRUE representation of the majority of the nation! And for those that work full time but also recieve benifits I feel will see no change, as yes what they earn may rise but because of that then the benifit they will be entitled to will lower! Plus stuff is still.going up and the cap has been lifted on energy prices!!

Luke Burton
2023-11-23 13:31:55

I'm not sure if Halfon is a liar or a fool. Maybe both.

2023-11-23 14:13:02

Grasping at straws, the increase in energy prices for many will wipe out any savings. Coupled with the increase in staff wages for business while at the same time giving massive pay rises to the economically inactive (benefits and pensions) just shows there is no point in working hard and trying to achieve any more. The blob of government will pull you down and people will cheer as they want their freebie

Alfred Miller
2023-11-23 15:28:50

Wow, Mr Halfon. Don’t gaslight us and think you can get away with it. Working people are far far worse off than they’ve been in a long time. Giving us back £450 with hand and taking far more off us with the other. You need to encourage your bosses to give a proper cut or Chris Vince will be taking your seat come the next election.

Crazyhorse 74
2023-11-23 17:10:45

His doing his best his on our side guys ,remember that!!

2023-11-23 18:49:31

As I posted previously, Labours Harold Wilson said "one man's wage increase is another man's price rise" these living wage increases will hit the hospitality industry hard, a sector that employs about 3 million people

Sally k
2023-11-23 19:25:05

They are trying to divide all the under classes. Don’t let them do it! They are having a go at the disabled and attacking them , but yet the working class are still no better off. It’s us verses them, not the working classes verses the disabled and when I say them- I mean the rich. People who earn over 30k. £11.44 an hour is not realistic. Get a grip! How come men who are millionaires are dictating what a realistic salary is? The rich haven’t got a clue about the real world! It’s all designed to keep you poor . Over £25 an hour is realistic and it will help people move up the housing ladder and pay back into the economy- but they don’t want that do they, they want all the working class to say poor and to attack the disabled . Robert is a decent man who I like, I do hope he stands up for the disabled in the House of Commons as a disabled person himself. He got lucky. Not all disabled folk are lucky. He obviously came from a middle class background as he studied politics at university. Or he went uni when we didn’t have to pay for it and there were no student loans. Anyway, he got lucky and can use his knowledge to work as a mp and they are good to him there and have adaptions for him at work. Not all disabled people are that lucky. I hope the government take that into account when forcing disabled folk back into work. Personally I think they should be forcing young people who are able to work , not older people who are unwell and who can’t learn as well as younger people. Also, what about these men who turn up and stay in hotels? They arnt allowed to work, so why force older disabled people into work. You will have a few cases on your hands like the the one at princess Alexander hospital recently when an unwell man was forced at work. This is going to cost the nhs and tax payer millions in court cases where disabled people will win due to the equality act. Bet they didn’t consider that when Jeremy hunt attacked the disabled in the House of Commons this week!

Sally again. You know I’m talking truth
2023-11-23 20:33:01

I don’t agree with this budget, cutting disabled people’s prescriptions and saying their medication prescriptions will be cut off, if they don’t accept work - because they are NOT capable to work, is disgraceful. This will again put strain on the nhs because cutting medication will have a huge impact on A&E . It didn’t worry the government though did it, when they forced everyone to have a vaccine. They gave them out Willy nilly and even coerced people into having something they didnt want and let’s face it, did they really need it if the tories were having a party whilst we all locked down. I think you are going to have a few cases in the human rights department regarding forcing disabled people into work . I hope you’ve got enough resources for the huge payouts in court - even though you threaten to cut off legal aid- which by the way your party did over ten years ago which added to the demise of Harlow town and the knocking down of the civil court we had here which provided good jobs for people! Why don’t you target the blokes coming over staying in hotels and having an easy life over here off the tax payers money, instead of targeting the disabled who have paid into the system. Stop using disabled people and start looking at the real problems here. Start looking at stopping immigration if this is about saving money!

2023-11-24 14:47:08

Please don't tell me people actually believed Boris. A lie to the end.

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