'Budget will help working families, support businesses’ recovery and deliver world-class public service' - MP for Boston and Skegness

Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman has welcomed the Autumn Budget and Spending Review, saying it will help working families meet the cost of living, support businesses’ recovery, deliver world-class public services, and drive economic growth across the country.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaving 11 Downing Street, London before delivering his Budget to the House of Commons. Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire

According to Mr Warman, key announcements made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, deliver on his election promise to "level up and improve opportunity for people in Boston and Skegness".

Key points:

• Help with the cost of living, including a significant tax cut for low-income families by reducing the Universal Credit taper rate from 63 per cent to 55 per cent, raising the National Living Wage to £9.50 an hour, increasing pay for public sector workers, and freezing fuel and alcohol duty.

MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman.

• Measures to help drive economic growth and support businesses include cuts to business rates, new tax reliefs, and record spending on infrastructure and R&D – laying the foundations for a stronger economy as we build back better from the pandemic.

• £19.6 million in funding to improve the A16 corridor in Lincolnshire for easier agri-food freight travel across the whole of Greater Lincolnshire and for local people carrying out their day-to-day journeys.

Measures helping businesses include a 50 per cent cut in business rates next year for 90 per cent of retail, hospitality and leisure – alongside a freeze of all rates, the creation of new business rates relief to encourage green technologies and improvements to properties, and a doubling of creative industries tax reliefs for the UK’s world-leading theatres, orchestras, museums and galleries.

As part of the three-year Spending Review delivered alongside the Budget, total government departmental spending will increase by £150 billion by 2024 – a 3.8 per cent annual real terms

increase – the largest real terms increase this century, and record levels of capital investment not seen in 50 years.

This funding increase will help to deliver on the Conservative Government’s key manifesto promises, including building 40 new hospitals, recruiting 20,000 police officers, and raising per

pupil spending in schools to record levels.

Underpinning these measures, the Budget strengthens the country’s public finances and will get debt falling again, following the £400 billion package of support put in place during the

pandemic. The new fiscal rules set out today by the Chancellor will require the government to only borrow to invest and get debt falling by 2024, in line with the Conservative Government’s

2019 manifesto commitment.

Commenting, Matt Warman said: “Despite the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic, this Conservative Government is getting on with the job and delivering on the priorities of the British people.

“This Budget will make a real difference to people in Boston and Skegness, helping working families with the cost of living, supporting businesses with their recovery, and investing in our

public services so that everyone gets the world-class hospitals, schools, and police services they deserve.

“I was elected on a promise to level up and improve opportunity for people in Boston and Skegness – and today’s Budget shows how this Government is delivering on that promise as

we build back better.”

Commenting, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “One year ago, this country was in the grip of the biggest recession in 300 years. Thanks to our Plan For Jobs, we are today recovering faster than our major competitors, more people are in work, and growth is up.

"But uncertainty in the global economy means that recovery is now under threat.

“That is why this Budget and Spending Review delivers a stronger economy for the British people – strengthening our public finances, helping working families meet the cost of living,

supporting businesses, delivering stronger public services, and driving economic growth.

“This is a Budget which will level up every part of the United Kingdom. It is a Budget which provides the foundations for a stronger economy.”