Press Release – Autumn Statement 2016

In the Autumn Statement, Chancellor Phillip Hammond MP announced a range of measures to help Harlow’s workers, Harlow’s families and Harlow’s vulnerable.

For Harlow’s workers, Fuel Duty will be frozen again meaning that an average motorist will save £130 a year on average filling up their family car. The Government is increasing the National Living Wage and cutting taxes for the lower paid. Whilst the National Living Wage will give Harlow workers on low pay a £500 a year pay rise on average, the tax cut for lower earners will mean an additional cut for their tax bill to put more money back in their pockets. Businesses across Harlow will also have significant tax cuts over the coming year to encourage growth and bring more jobs back to our town.

For Harlow’s families, the Government is spending £1.4 billion to deliver affordable housing, banning upfront letting fees for renters, and is committed to spending an extra £10 billion on the NHS by 2020.

For Harlow’s vulnerable, the Government will be reducing the rate which benefits are withdrawn from people when they start working . The tax raised on sanitary products will be used to fund women’s charities and an additional £102 million taken from bankers fines will be spent on Armed Forces and Emergency Service charities.

I work hard to get a good deal for Harlow residents. This Autumn Statement is good for Harlow’s workers, Harlow’s families and the vulnerable. The cut in fuel duty, increase in the National Living Wage, tax cuts for lower wages, tax cuts for business and the money to be spent on affordable housing will make a real difference for thousands of Harlow residents. It’s an Autumn Statement that puts Harlow’s workers, Harlow’s families and Harlow’s vulnerable first.