Chris Davies, the Lib Dem MEP who represents Tameside and the rest of North West England, has welcomed the budget for the help it provides to his constituents. He said, “2.6 million of my constituents will get a £700 tax cut compared to 2010 when Labour were in power – and it is the lowest paid that are getting the benefit with 286,000 people taken out of tax altogether.
“279,231 families in the region could benefit from tax free childcare and 95,000 businesses will benefit from the changes to National Insurance, creating and preserving jobs.
“A typical motorist will save £7 per tank of petrol compared to Labour’s plans and I am working in the EU to try and increase that number by making sure new cars use less fuel to travel the same distance – delivering savings for working people as well as benefits to our environment.
“There is even good news for Tameside pubs with 6,714 pubs across the region set to benefit from the cut in beer duty. Even the serial complainers of UKIP should be happy with that, after all their MEP did promise to hold surgeries in pubs. Personally I shall be enjoying my cheaper pints outside work hours.
“The Liberal Democrats are trying to build a stronger economy and a fairer society and this budget proves our influence in government.”