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Let’s back the Chancellor and keep Britain on the road to recovery

March 19, 2015

WALSALL residents have more than one reason to celebrate Chancellor George’s Osborne’s latest Budget.

The Chancellor should be applauded for introducing measures that would benefit nearly every one of my constituents.

The Conservatives set out a clear path for growth and that is what has been achieved. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr Osborne when he says that Britain is walking tall again.

The thing we should not do now is to ruin all the good work that has been achieved over the last five years by returning to the chaos of the past?

We have to go on working at reducing the deficit and I call on everyone in Walsall South to support us as we carry on working through the plan that is delivering a better quality of life for us all.

This was not a Budget of giveaways and quick fixes ahead of the most important General Election for a generation, rather it was a pledge that by sticking with the Conservatives growth will be guaranteed.

Our goal has to be to see Britain become the most prosperous major economy in the world and in that way the prosperity can be shared by all.

Yes there are difficult decisions but with unemployment continuing to fall and inflation set to continue its downward trend then is now really the time to jeopardise all that has been achieved?

This was a Budget that supported savers and pensioners, encouraged aspiration, backs the self-employed, the small business-owner, the homebuyer and best of all, the vast majority of hard-working families will be allowed to keep more of the money they have earned.

The Chancellor has said the personal tax-free allowance will rise to £10,800 next year – and then to £11,000 the year after. That’s £11,000 people can earn before paying any income tax at all.

It means the typical working taxpayer will be over £900 a year better off and I know that that will be a tidy sum for many of the people in Walsall South.

Finally, I would like to echo Mr Osborne by offering my own congratulations to David Pearce, a 15-year-old pupil at Queen Mary’s Grammar School who has beaten off fierce competition from over 6,000 entries to achieve the winning design for the new £1 coin.

Every time anyone now picks up a £1 coin they will know that Walsall had a hand in its creation.

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