Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara welcomes the Chancellor’s Budget and challenges Tories to lay out their plans

CXBarbara has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget which contains measures that will benefit local people and help secure the economic recovery. She has challenged Tories to come clean and lay out the details of the cuts their party would plan to start this year.

Barbara welcomed the extra support for people in Worsley and Eccles South in the Budget. Local people will be helped to get a foot on the property ladder by a holiday on stamp duty for first-time buyers of properties worth up to £250,000. Local businesses will also receive help through cuts to business rates for a year from October and the doubling of relief on capital gains tax. The Government will also help build a greener economy by creating a new £2 billion ‘Green Bank’ to encourage private investment in green energy and transport.

More support has also been given to families and young people. All parents in Worsley and Eccles South with one and two year old children will receive an extra £4 a week in child tax credits. The guarantee that young people will be given a job, training or work experience if they can’t find work after 6 months will be extended until March 2011 and universities will be given an extra £270 million to create more student places.

The Budget also includes tough action on banks. The Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds will be made to lend £94 billion to businesses and the Government will press for international taxes on banks and bank transactions. The Government will also crack down on tax evaders like the Tories’ Lord Ashcroft by signing agreements with Belize, Dominica, and Grenada.

Barbara has been campaigning for more money to improve the state of roads in Worsley and Eccles South and is especially pleased that the Budget allocates £385 million towards improving and maintaining roads across the country - with Salford Council receiving £213,900 to fix more potholes in local roads.

Welcoming the measures announced in the Budget, Barbara said:

“This Budget is good news for people in Worsley and Eccles South. I am particularly pleased about the positive impact the extra support for families, local businesses and first home-buyers will have on local communities.

“This Labour Government has steered us through the recession and the Budget will help to secure the economic recovery rather than put it at risk. The Chancellor has set out a clear plan to halve the deficit whilst protecting vital frontline services and investing in jobs to help the economy grow.

“In contrast the Tories have refused to lay out the details of their plans and will only say that they will make cuts further and faster. The worst possible course to take right now would be to pursue a programme of early and aggressive cuts like the Tories have proposed. This would have a bad impact on the economy and on people living in Worsley and Eccles South.

“The Government has set out its plan and it is time for the Tories to come clean and tell people in Worsley and Eccles South exactly when, how deep and where they would make their cuts.”

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