Worsley MP Barbara Keeley has welcomed measures in the Chancellor’s 2009 Budget that will help people in Salford get through the economic downturn.
In Barbara’s Worsley constituency the Budget means:
- 17,600 pensioners will benefit from the Chancellor’s decision to keep the Winter Fuel allowance at the higher level
- 4,790 households will benefit from a rise in the Pension Credit limit from £6,000 to £10,000. This means pensioners with savings less than £10,000 will now save on average an extra £4 every week.
- Pensioners will also benefit from a 2.5% rise in the State Pension
- 11,700 children in 6,500 families will benefit from a £20 increase in the child element of the Child Tax Credit from April.
- Savers will benefit from a rise in the ISA allowance and cash-free ISA limit
- Grandparents of working age who care for their grandchildren will now see the care they give count towards their pension entitlement
Local people will also benefit from measures to help people stay in employment, including a £1.7 billion investment in Job Centre Plus and more support for people who have been out of work for 12 months. This includes a guaranteed place in education and training for every 16 and 17 year old and £260 million for a new youth training programme.
The Budget also provides extra support for businesses and homeowners, as well as £1 billion to help combat climate change through renewable energy schemes and low carbon manufacturing.
Speaking shortly after the Chancellor delivered the Budget, Barbara said:
“The Chancellor’s 2009 Budget has rightly focused on helping people during the economic downturn. It is a Budget for the many and not the wealthy few and it shows that this Government won’t let people down like the Tory Government did during the early 90s recession.
“It will also help that Greater Manchester has been chosen to be a city- region pilot. This pilot will be led by Ministers and will help build economic investment in the Greater Manchester area. Our Local Authorities will be able to work together on planning, housing, transport, regeneration, employment and skills.
“This recognises the vital role Greater Manchester plays in the future growth of the national economy and is good news for Salford people.”
Barbara with Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling