West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed Chancellor Alistair Darling’s first budget because it brings more prosperity and security to hard working families and pensioners.
“Hard working families have seen the benefits of ten years of economic stability, growing employment, low inflation and low interest rates”.
“The budget builds on this impressive record, and I particularly welcome the increase to the rate in Child Benefit to £20.00 for the first child from next April. The disregard of Child Benefit when calculating income for Housing and Council Tax benefits from next year is also good news for working families, as is the increase in child tax credits. Over 11,000 families in West Lancashire will feel the difference from these increases to child benefit”.
“It is right that the Chancellor has recognized the need to continue to support pensioners, and the increase to Winter Fuel payments, introduced by this Labour Government, with an additional one-off payment of £100 to over 80’s and £50 for over 60’s next year is a welcome boost for the 20,000 elderly residents in West Lancashire who currently benefit from the Winter Fuel Allowance.”
In West Lancs, where the Conservatives are in control of the council, the finance chief has unveiled his own budget and its pretty grim reading.
"He's now charging more for using football pitches, more for pest control services and more for leisure services. Meanwhile, he's quite happy to close rents offices, start charging people for taking away their bulky waste and leave grieving families without a cemetery in the district to bury their loved ones."
"This just proves that when it comes to bad news budgets, the Tories are - as we all know - past masters at them."