15 March 2023
Harriett Backs Ambitious Budget for Growth

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has offered her backing for a range of measures aimed to stimulate growth in the Budget unveiled today.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt set out a range of measures to help people get back to work including free childcare for working parents from 8 months, and the abolition of pension caps to encourage NHS consultants and GPs to retire later.

The Government also confirmed that the emergency support to help people with their high energy bills will be extended till the summer.

Official figures show that inflation is projected to fall to 2.9 per cent by the end of this year and that the economy will not go into recession.

Harriett commented:

“The Chancellor has set out a clear plan to help the economy grow this year.

“I’ve been particularly encouraged to see the measures to help people back into the workplace including the extension of free childcare for working parents and the ending of pension caps.

“Locally I welcome the extra financial help for swimming pools, pubs and drivers.

“It is great to hear that the Chancellor is able to report that the economy will be avoiding recession this year and that inflation is back on the way down.

“Inflation hits the lowest paid the most and lower inflation will help to reduce the number of unsustainable wage demands causing strikes this year.

“I look forward to seeing the Chancellor coming before the Treasury Select Committee, which I chair, to scrutinise his plans in more detail in the coming weeks.”