Today's (23 November 2016) first Autumn Statement from Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been welcomed by Redditch County MP Karen Lumley who applauded the Government's priorities for 'just managing families'.
In his Statement the Chancellor announced a number of measures designed to help those struggling to make ends meet. These include banning up-front letting fees, a fair taper rate for Universal Credit, investment in infrastructure and increasing the National Living Wage to £7.50. With these policies the Government aims to help those who are just about managing, stimulate construction and housing markets and balance the books.
Karen said: "I am pleased to be working with a Government that is prioritising the most in need. The crackdown on letting agent fees will mean millions of families are able to save hundreds of pounds. I am also pleased to welcome a fair taper rate for Universal Credit. I have listened to a number of constituents reach out to me on this issue, so the Chancellor has made me very happy today."
The rise in National Living Wage will make a substantial difference to many of those working in Redditch. Karen comments: "Redditch residents deserve a pay rise and I know this will make a huge difference to families and residents across the town. The changes will mean a full-time worker on the Living Wage will be £500 a year better off!
"The Government has delivered record employment figures, a robust and growing economy and now I will work with the Government to ensure it delivers for Redditch. Today's Autumn Statement is good news for business, good news for families and good news for Redditch," Karen added.
Redditch has been my home for nearly 20 years and it has been a huge honour to have represented its great people for the past seven.
Sadly due to ill health I have decided not to stand for re-election. There is nothing more important or rewarding than helping people, however I need to be fully fit to be able to undertake the job properly.
I am immensely grateful to all the fantastic people I have met during my time as a Member of Parliament and want to say a huge thank you for all of their support.
Redditch deserves strong and stable leadership. Every vote for Theresa May and your local Conservative, Rachel Maclean, on 8 June will strengthen our hand in negotiations to get the best possible deal for Brexit and beyond, leaving Britain stronger and better off for the future.