BOROUGH Labour MP Andrew Miller described Alistair Darling’s first Budget as “great news for the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston, no matter what their situation.”
He said: “I welcome the Budget focus on tackling the big issues of today.
“Further steps to tackle climate change will include reforms to Vehicle Excise Duty, action to reduce emissions and plans to eliminate plastic carrier bags.
“The Budget also sets out further financial support for children which will lift 250,000 out of poverty to ensure that some of our most vulnerable citizens are not forgotten.”
He added: “The increase in the Winter Fuel Payment for pensioners will result in nearly 20,000 local people getting extra cash to pay their heating bills this year – the huge rise for the over-80s is particularly welcome.
“For businesses there are new financial support measures and reforms to simplify regulation and tax burdens. There will also be further work to build on improvements in the UK skills base and to provide a world-class science base and innovation framework, including funds for the professional development of science teachers.”