Budget cuts and missed opportunities

Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has commented on today’s budget announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mark said “There is no doubt that there are some good announcements in this budget, however, there are real concerns that when we look closer, we will see some very negative ones too.

“While the Chancellor has announced that the point at which people start to pay tax will increase, something the Liberal Democrats have long called for, he has announced that there will be an additional £3.5bn of cuts to Government departments to fit his own arbitrary and unnecessary spending surplus. This includes substantial cuts to disability benefits, which will hit some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

“In Wales, we have also seen the Chancellor announce that the Severn Bridge toll will be cut by half in 2018. While on the surface this sounds like a move in the right direction, it completely ignores the fact that the ownership of the bridge will revert to the Government by 2018, and that the toll could be scrapped entirely.

“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been calling for the tolls, which are an utterly unfair tax on entering Wales, to be scrapped entirely.

“While this budget brings welcome help in many areas, there is real worry about the devil in the detail which could hit many people in Wales.”


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