Ashfield MP slams Chancellor’s Budget

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has slammed the Government for delivering a Budget which she says ‘does nothing for families in Ashfield’.

Thursday, 20th March 2014, 3:40 pm

Ms De Piero said that the measures introduced in Wednesday’s Budget are out of touch and do not help hardworking people who are facing a cost-of-living crisis.

After nearly four years of the Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition, families are on average £1,600 a year worse off, she claimed.

The Budget saw the point at which people start paying income tax raised to £10,500, while the threshold for 40p income tax is set to rise from £41,450 to £41,865 next month, and by a further 1 per cent to £42,285 next year.

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Gloria said: “The Chancellor talked about how well things are going but millions of working people on middle and lower incomes in Ashfield are not feeling any recovery at all while those earning over £150,000 a year have been given a tax cut.

“Nick Clegg and David Cameron can’t deliver a recovery for the many because they stand up for a privileged few, not hard-working families.”