MP welcomes budget plan

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker talks to students at Rastrick High School
Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker talks to students at Rastrick High School

An MP has welcomed the Government’s budget as a “road to prosperity” for the borough.

The Conservative-led plan focuses on creating stability and jobs with more help for first time buyers, backing savers with the Personal Savings Allowance and more.

It also details help for families, which includes cutting income tax for 27 million people and more funding for flood defences.

The budget also outlines greater devolution powers for the region and a devolution deal with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority was agreed.

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker said: “We have been working through our long term economic plan, and the local economy has been steadily improving, with hundreds of new businesses created and unemployment having reduced by well over half since 2010.

“This budget is another step on the road from austerity to prosperity - with support for savers, lower taxes for people in work and a clear plan to make sure Britain pays its way in the world.

“Five years ago, Britain was spending and borrowing too much, too many people were out of work and our economy was on its knees.

“That’s why there is a critical choice facing us this year: return to the chaos of the past or stick with a plan that is working and choose a more prosperous future.

“We must choose the future.”

Mr Whittaker also welcomed the latest unemployment figures across the region which have seen a further reduction in the number of unemployed people in the Calder Valley.

“The latest figures show that unemployment continues to fall in the Calder Valley. Unemployment has reduced by over 56.5 per cent since 2010, which is great news for our local economy”, Mr Whittaker said.

“Our local economy is going from strength to strength with businesses feeling increasingly confident about the future and looking to recruit extra staff. We have come a long way since 2010 and the Government’s long-term economic plan has put us firmly on the road to recovery.”

The latest figures for February show that there are 1,040 people claiming unemployment benefit in the Calder Valley, as opposed to 2,390 in May, 2010.