This week I voted for the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget, which included cuts to income tax, backing for the high street and support with the cost of living.
The Budget fulfils a manifesto promise on reducing income tax – and does so a year early.
From April 2019, the tax-free Personal Allowance will increase to £12,500 one year early, saving a typical basic rate taxpayer £130 compared to 2018-19 and more than £1,200 since 2010-11.
An additional £1 billion of funding will see support for local authorities with £650 million for social care, £84 million for children’s social care programmes over five years and £420 million to tackle potholes this year.
Crawley residents on the National Living Wage will see an almost 5 per cent pay rise, with the NLW increasing from £7.83 to £8.21. This will benefit around 2.4 million workers and delivers a £690 annual pay rise to a full-time employee, taking the total annual pay rise since its introduction to £2,750.
Small retail businesses will see business rates bills slashed by a third for two years from April 2019, saving them over £900 million. High streets will benefit from £675 million to improve transport links, re-develop empty shops as homes and offices, and restore and re-use old and historic properties.
Fuel duty is being frozen for the ninth year, saving the average car driver a cumulative £1,000 since 2010. A further year’s freeze on beer, cider and spirits duty saves 2 pence on a pint of beer and 30 pence on a bottle of Scotch or gin.
The need for financial discipline remains. This Government’s balanced approach to the economy while getting debt down, or Jeremy Corbyn’s programme of irresponsibility which would cost some £3,500 per household per year. This is our nation’s choice.
Henry Smith MP
Crawley MP Henry Smith joins other Conservatives in a show of ‘no confidence’ in Theresa May
It was always going to be a crazy day in politics but now Crawley’s own MP has added his own feelings into the mix.
Whether you are a brexiteer or a remainer one thing that unites everyone today is the fascination of what is happening up at Westminster.
Following last nights release of the 500 page draft withdrawal agreement, the political world has been in turmoil as resignations, letters of no confidence and more outspoken politicians than ever before hit the broadcasters teleprompters.
Now Crawley’s own MP Henry Smith has joined other conservatives like Jacob Rees-Mogg in submitting a letter of no confidence in their leader Theresa May.
My letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/Bind9T7ogO
— Henry Smith MP 🇬🇧 (@HenrySmithUK) November 15, 2018
Speaking publicly on social media this morning Mr Smith said:
“I work for my constituents and country, on reading the document, Theresa May’s Brexit strategy works for neither. A majority voted to leave the EU, this deal on offer does in name only by maintaining the bloc’s jurisdiction, limiting our global scope and theatening UK integrity.
Despite the establishment’s might, project fear and over twice as much spent by Remain, a largest majority ever in UK poll history voted for Brexit (58% in #Crawley). Along with 588 MPs sitting today, I stood at the last election on a manifesto promise to respect the referendum.
Listening to the Prime Minister’s statement on her Brexit deal. One Labour MP characterised the 17.4 million of Briton’s who voted to leave the EU as extremists. It’s clear many in the Opposition want to reverse the referendum, with a few honourable exceptions.”
At time of publication there had been four resignations and only time will tell if that number increases.
Stay tuned, this is going to be a bumpy ride for all.