Eastbourne’s MP has welcomed the Autumn Statement.
Responding to the Chancellor’s address to Parliament this afternoon (23 November), Caroline Ansell said, “I am very pleased to hear from the Chancellor a raft of measures to help families and I’m particularly pleased he will offer taper relief for those receiving Universal Credit – something I had made clear to ministers was an important move.
“Another measure I campaigned for was a freezing of fuel duty as this will also help those in work, along with the rise in the Living Wage to £7.50 for over 24s
Pledges to spend some £1.4billion to build 40,000 affordable homes is also welcome but, most of all, I was very pleased to hear the Chancellor announce a £1.3 billion fund for improvements on Britain's roads.
“This is an opportunity for the area to bid for funds to build the A27 bypass road and I will meeting with the roads minister urgently to make sure he is aware we want some of this money.
“The Chancellor showed he was a realist in today’s speech and made it clear we must live within our means, and that Brexit will lead to uncertainty in the short term.
“However, I fully agree with him that we are a great nation and we will prosper post-Brexit, but we must do all we can to keep public spending down and business flourishing.
“To this end, I think his £23 billion drive to improve productivity in the UK is something that will help us in the years to come.”