News that the Chancellor has done a U-turn over his proposed increase in National Insurance contributions for the self employed, is being welcomed in Eastbourne.
During last week’s Budget, Philip Hammond outlined his plans for the tax hike, which went against a Conservative Party promise not to raise it until 2020 – a pledge made by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015.
Today (15 March), Mr Hammond has written a letter to his fellow MPs saying he won’t proceed with the increase.
Former Eastbourne Liberal Democrat MP, Stephen Lloyd, who last week publicly slammed the Chancellor’s move over National Insurance said, “So, the Chancellor has U-turned after breaking a promise in the Conservative general election manifesto. Perhaps he will now U-turn on the government's rejection of our demand for a dual carriageway on the A27 between Eastbourne and Lewes? I can tell him where to find the money - use the £250m that's suddenly become available now the Department of Transport have cancelled the Chichester by-pass!
“I am delighted that the Chancellor bowed to the inevitable after his omNICshambles Budget, but his government is still only looking at tinkering with our section of the A27, which is simply not good enough. It's a shocking road, both unsafe and inappropriate for a major seaside town like Eastbourne in the 21st century. I am asking the government to do the right thing for our town and to do it now."