Rachel has backed the Government’s Budget which ‘delivers for Redditch and the Villages.’
Today (March 15th), the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt set out how the Government is working hard to deliver on its priorities to halve inflation, grow the economy and reduce debt so we can create better-paid jobs and opportunities across Redditch and the United Kingdom.
Measured announced in the Budget for Growth includes:
- Extending 30 hours of childcare a week to working parents of children aged 9 months to 4 years
- Paying Universal Credit childcare costs up front rather than in arrears
- Introducing reforms to the childcare sector including changes to 2-year-old staff: child ratios from 1:4 to 1:5
- Introducing a £25 billion three-year tax cut for business investment
- Increasing the annual pension allowance to £60,000 and abolishing the Lifetime Allowance
- Establishing a new Universal Support programme for disabled people and the long-term sick
- Abolishing the Work Capability Assessment that those who are able to can progress in or towards work, without the worry of being reassessed and losing their benefit and increasing the Administrative Earning Threshold, the minimum amount a person can earn without being asked to meet regularly with their Work Coach, to 18 hours
- Extending the Energy Price Guarantee at £2,500 for three months
- Freezing fuel duty for a thirteenth year, saving the average driver around £200
- Delivering a Brexit Pub Guarantee so draught duty will always be less than duty in supermarkets
“The UK economy is proving the doubters wrong. The difficult decisions we have taken to restore stability mean that we have avoided recession and growth is forecast to return.
“This means we’re able to focus on growing our economy and continuing to help my constituents with the cost of living.
“As a mum of four myself, I’m well aware of the pressures facing parents, so I’m really pleased that the childcare reforms will deliver for the 2,423 families across Redditch and the Villages with children aged 9 months to 4 years old.
“It’s clear to me that this is a Budget which delivers for Redditch and the Villages and backs our efforts to grow our local economy by removing the obstacles that stop businesses investing, tackling the labour shortages that stop them recruiting and breaking down the barriers that stop people working.”