Conservative candidate for North Devon says Budget 2013 is "good news"
THE Conservative Party’s parliamentary candidate for the next general election says yesterday’s budget is good news for North Devon.
Peter Heaton-Jones says the budget, prepared by Conservative chancellor George Osborne, will help people across the area.
And Mr Heaton-Jones’ main opponent in the next election, current MP for North Devon and Liberal Democrat Sir Nick Harvey, said he agrees - to an extent.
“This Budget will be a real help to hard-pressed families, pensioners and businesses throughout North Devon,” Mr Heaton-Jones said.
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“Raising the income tax threshold to £10,000 means many low-paid workers will pay no tax at all from next April and cancelling the planned rise in petrol duty this autumn will make it cheaper to fill up the family car.
“The new flat-rate pension is coming in earlier than planned and businesses are being helped with a range of measures to get the economy moving.
“In difficult economic times, this is a Budget which will help stimulate growth and ease the burden on hard-pressed households throughout North Devon.”
Mr Harvey, whose Liberal Democrat Party is in coalition government with the Tories, said: “We have delivered the final part of our commitment to cut £700 from the Income Tax bills of workers on middle and low incomes.
“This policy comes straight from the pages of our 2010 manifesto and into the pockets of 24 million people across the country. Here in North Devon, almost 5,000 people will be completely removed from Income Tax, and a further 34,000 will see a cut in the amount they pay.”
He said that’s a clear indicator of the Liberal Democrats’ influence on Tory policies.
“Putting fairness into the tax system, he said, “and helping hard-working people with the cost of living in these difficult times.”
However, Mr Harvey also said there is still plenty of work to do.
“We all know there’s a lot more to do to get Britain’s economy back on track and to build a stronger economy in a fairer society,” he said.
“Turning around the economy was always going to be a long and difficult job – you need only look at the headlines about economies in the Eurozone to know how tough things are.
“The economic picture is still broadly quite bleak, but the Budget contained more good news than many expected, but we must now wait and see for results. There’s still a long way to go on the road to economic recovery, but this Budget has certainly offered a few steps in the right direction.”
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