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Budget was one-sided

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne outside 11 Downing Street

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne outside 11 Downing Street

What a shame it was to read the drivel from Mr Barry Martin about local Labour MPs’ disappointment at the Chancellor’s Budget (Chad letters)

He talks of our response being “disingenuous” and not giving the Budget a rousing reception.

He should wake up – lower rates of air duty charged on flights to the US.

The duty frozen on cider – a twelve sided £1 coin to be introduced in 2017 – the minimal increase of the threshold for 40p income tax – a tiny figure to repair the many pot holes around the country, not least those caused by recent flooding.

This doesn’t give us a feeling of applause – neither does the further cap on welfare of £119 billion to the poorest in our community.

Nor the announced extra permanent £1 billion reduction in departmental spending.

That is services - by the way.

The fact is the budget was totally one sided and not even slightly balanced towards ordinary families and the less well off who continue to be considerably worse off under this Government.

Sir Alan Meale MP

Mansfield

 

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