Maria Miller MP welcomes Budget announcements

Maria Miller local Basingstoke MP has welcomed the announcements made in this week's Budget.

Maria said, " Many Basingstoke families are still feeling the squeeze since the recession. This Budget is all about practical financial help for families to help make it easier to make ends meet. New tax cuts mean basic rate tax payers will be paying £1000 less in income tax compared to 2010.  Many Basingstoke families will welcome the new support to cut childcare costs by doubling free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds to 30 hours, as well as tax free childcare, saving families up to £5 000 a year.

"One of the biggest challenges we face locally is supporting an ageing population. An extra £2billion is being given to local authorities to provide care for older residents. 

"Extra support for cutting-edge technology will be welcome by many local business who are creating the jobs of the future. 

"At a time where we are shaping a new future for our country outside of the European Union, this Budget will help ensure young people get the skills they need to get the sort of jobs that are now created by Basingstoke businesses. 

"We need the Government to continue to plan to get the country back to living within its means. Now is not the time to let spending get out of control again." 

Labour's plans for Britain would mean £500billion of extra spending and the former Labour Shadow Chancellor said this would lead to double income tax, national insurance, council tax and VAT to pay for it. Mounting up our country's debt again wouldn't be good for Basingstoke and wouldn't be good for Britain."