Fylde MP Mark Menzies welcomes upbeat Budget

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the budget - for putting money in people's pockets and increasing spending on vital public services.

Mr Menzies spoke after Chancellor Phillip Hammond made his Budget statement to the House of Commons.

Mark Menzies said: “This is a budget that has put more money back in everyone’s pockets, while increasing investment in our public services.

“Our lowest earners will be some £890 a year better off, with 31 million people benefiting from tax cuts.

“I’m glad the Government has recognised the need for more mental healthcare services and the £2 billion of funding to help every A&E department and schools will help those in need and reduce pressure on other frontline services such as the police.

“I welcome the extra £10,000 for every primary school, and £50,000 for every secondary school to purchase new equipment.

“I am also delighted with the extra £420m which is immediately available for vital pothole repairs.

“This is also a budget for small businesses, with business rates cut by a third for two years for small retailers – a saving of up to £8,000 per year.

“Combined with a £675m future high streets fund to facilitate the redevelopment of underused high streets, the Chancellor is doing everything he can to help our town and village centres.”

Mr Hammond stated the Budget was for: "...the strivers, grafters and carers who are the backbone of this country."

His Budget included:

An increase in the personal allowance from £11,850 to £12,500 in April next year - one year early;

A 4.9 per cent increase in the National Living Wage from £7.83 to £8.21 an hour;

No rise in duty on beer, cider or spirits;

No fuel duty rise;

A £1 billion guarantee fund for small builders, and a £500 million Housing Infrastructure Fund to increase new home build-out rates;

An extra £1 billion to help people transfer onto Universal Credit;

An extra £630 per year for working families claiming benefits;

An extra £1 billion for the Armed Forces and cyber capabilities;

An extra £10 million for mental health services for veterans;

A two per cent digital services tax for tech companies with global revenues of more than £500 million;

A reduction in business rates of 33 per cent for two years  for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or less;

£650 million to help rejuvenate high streets;

£30 billion for improvements to the road network;

£430 million instantly available for pothole repairs;

A £10 million fund to tackle waste sites;

A tax on packaging (including imported packaging) containing less than 30 per cent recycled material;

£10,000 for every primary school and £50,000 for every secondary school for new equipment;

An extra £700 million for social care, delivered through councils;

New mental health crisis centres, dedicated A&E unit support, more mental health ambulances, more mental healthcare in schools and a 24-hour mental health crisis line to help those in need and to take pressure off other services;

An annual increase of £20.5 billion for the NHS over the next five years, as previously announced; and

£10 million for Air Ambulance organisations.