The government’s benefit reforms are wide-ranging and fundamental. They undoubtedly provoke strong opinions on all sides of the argument. At one level, there is genuine concern at the increased costs and take-up of benefits. This is coupled with a belief that such a continued trend could unintentionally create a dependency culture.
Households across Crawley will benefit from a real terms cut in their council tax bills, official Government figures have revealed. This is thanks to the third year of the Conservative’s council tax freeze initiative, which offers funding to help local authorities keep council tax down.
The government has headlined its budget as supporting aspiration. This is a reasonable claim and a remarkable achievement considering overall economic circumstances. It demonstrates what is possible if we stick to the very necessary agenda of reducing both the national debt and annual deficit.
Today the Prime Minister has set out a fair and balanced cross-government immigration system that favours people who work hard and aspire to get on in life.
Following his introduction of a Private Member’s Bill last year and a petition this year, Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has today congratulated the Health Secretary, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, on listening to and acting on the demands Henry laid out during his campaign to properly record recover outstanding debts owed from foreign nationals who receive treatment through the NHS.
Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has joined the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), Age UK and older people’s campaigner Baroness Joan Bakewell at an event to celebrate the success of Senior Railcards.
Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has today welcome over £2 million in extra funding for primary schools across West Sussex to transform school sport, improve coaching for the youngest pupils and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has scrapped Labour’s plans to increase beer duty in today’s Budget, and instead cut it by a penny, meaning beer will be a penny per pint cheaper after Sunday night – 4 pence per pint cheaper than it would have been under Labour.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has cancelled Labour’s planned fuel duty rise in today’s Budget, saving 5.6 million motorists over £170 every year.
The amount people can earn before paying income tax - the personal allowance - will rise to £10,000 in April 2014.