Ju­lian Knight MP

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LAST week Philip Ham­mond pre­sented this year’s Bud­get to the House of Com­mons.

It’s one of big­gest Par­lia­men­tary events of the year, and there were sev­eral im­por­tant an­nounce­ments which I know will be very wel­come here in Soli­hull.

By both in­creas­ing the per­sonal in­come tax al­lowance and rais­ing the thresh­old for the higher rate, the Chan­cel­lor ( in­set right) has helped mil­lions of work­ing peo­ple to take home more of their own money.

There was also a big cut in busi­ness rates for small and in­de­pen­dent shops, restau­rants, pubs, and cafes – just the thing to help pro­tect the dis­tinct char­ac­ter of our high streets.

I was also de­lighted that the Govern­ment has frozen fuel duty for the ninth year run­ning.

This mea­sure will not only cut costs for mil­lions of driv­ers but also for ev­ery busi­ness which re­lies on road freight. Since be­ing elected to rep­re­sent our town I have cam­paigned with MPs on both sides of the House for a fair deal for mo­torists and car man­u­fac­tur­ers, and I’m go­ing to keep push­ing the Chan­cel­lor to do more to sup­port vi­tal tech­nolo­gies such as clean diesel, which is man­u­fac­tured here in Soli­hull.

On top of that, Ham­mond an­nounced £ 400 mil­lion in ex­tra fund­ing for schools.

This is a boost worth £ 10,000 to ev­ery pri­mary school and £ 50,000 to ev­ery sec­ondary!

We’re very lucky in Soli­hull to have so many ex­cel­lent lo­cal schools, and I know that they will have no trou­ble putting this funds to good use.

Fi­nally, last month the Govern­ment an­nounced that an ex­tra £ 240 mil­lion was be­ing awarded to lo­cal coun­cils to spend on adult so­cial care – in­clud­ing over £ 870,000 ear­marked for Soli­hull.

This will ease pres­sure on lo­cal NHS ser­vices over the win­ter, when de­mand is of­ten very acute.

Our town has an older pop­u­la­tion, and I reg­u­larly meet lo­cal res­i­dents who care for loved ones when I’m can­vass­ing.

That’s why I cam­paigned in Par­lia­ment for more fund­ing – and in a re­cent de­bate Matt Han­cock, the Health Sec­re­tary, con­grat­u­lated me for my work in this vi­tal area.

On an­other note, last week I had the plea­sure of plant­ing five new saplings in Brue­ton Park.

They were very kindly do­nated to me by the Wood­land Trust as part of the Queen’s Com­mon­wealth Canopy pro­gramme.

I trea­sure Soli­hull’s green spa­ces, and hope that as th­ese trees grow they will beau­tify their lit­tle cor­ner of our com­mu­nity for years to come!

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