National Living Wage
Since April, the Government has introduced a compulsory National Living Wage, set at £7.20 for every worker over the age of 25. By 2020 this will reach £9 an hour, meaning that over five years someone earning the minimum wage will be £5,000 better off.
Lower Taxes for Lower Earners
The Government is reducing taxes on working people by further increasing the personal allowance to £11,000 in 2016-17. Our Government has raised the allowance from around £6,000 to £11,000 and now to £12,500. As a result of these increases to the personal allowance announced since 2010, a typical basic rate taxpayer will be £905 better off.
Cutting Fuel Duty
Since I was elected in 2010, the MP for Harlow, I have been fighting a tireless campaign to cut the cost of fuel and support hardworking motorists.
With thousands of people around the country backing these efforts, I was able to secure a four-year freeze in fuel duty.
This is the longest freeze in petrol tax for over 20 years and in 2011, I even convinced the Government to cut it.
During the 2015 election campaign I assured my constituents that the Conservative-led Coalition has done everything possible to make life easier for motorists. By scrapping all of the fuel duty hikes that were planned by the last Labour Government, the average motorist is now saving £11 every time they visit the pumps.
I was delighted that in the Chancellor’s Budget this year he announced that fuel duty would indeed remain frozen, and this proves that the government is committed to keeping petrol prices low for hard working families.