Barbara has welcomed a raft of Government changes that came into effect last week, which will help families and pensioners in Salford.
From 6 April, people in Salford receiving child tax credits will see them rise by £150 a year and those receiving working tax credits by £90 a year. All basic rate taxpayers will also get a tax cut worth £145 a year, which puts money back in the pockets of 2.8 million people across the North West.
In addition, the state pension this week will rise by £4.55 to £95.25, helping over 16,000 pensioners in Barbara’s constituency of Worsley. The Government have also increased the Pension Credit to £130 a week for single pensioners and £198 for couples, which will help 4,700 local households.
Welcoming the measures, originally announced in last year’s Pre-Budget Report, Barbara said:
“I want to see people helped not left to manage on their own, as happened to families and communities in recessions of the 80s and 90s. That’s why I support the Government’s package of financial help, which will help a wide variety of people across Salford at a time when they need it most.”
Also coming into effect last week was the extension of the right to request flexible working, and Barbara appeared on local media to discuss how this will give a big boost to busy parents in Salford who need help to balance work and family life.
“The Government is extending the right to request flexible working to parents of children aged 16 and under, recognising that children don’t stop needing their parents’ time once they reach their sixth birthday. Whether it’s using flexi-time to allow taking children to school every day or occasionally working from home if a child is sick, this new right can make life easier and less stressful for many parents of older children.
“In new independent research commissioned by the Government Equalities Office, two-thirds of parents said it would help them if they could work flexibly as their children get older. I’m sure this rings true with many parents in Salford who will benefit from change made this week.”.