YOUR VIEW... on the Emergency Budget
PENSIONERS Maureen and Len Stevenson, from Bourne, near Peterborough, said they did not believe they would be that much worse off.
Maureen ( 8) said: “I thought they would get rid of bus passes, so it’s good they haven’t.
“I’m pleased the state pension has increased.”
Len (71) said: “Apart from pension and VAT, I don’t think anything else will really affect us. We won’t be worse off.”
Vicky Naughton (28) from Crowland, was shocked by the VAT rise.
She said: “It’s bad that VAT is going up. It’s been 17.5 per cent since I was born.
“It will affect everything, including clothes, flights and electrical items.
“Shopping in Primark won’t be the same because you won’t get real bargains now.
“I feel they are punishing us for the mess the Government and banks have made.
“I do think having a bigger personal allowance is a good thing, though.”
Mum Ruth Gloster (51), from Rivergate, Peterborough, said many people on benefits would be hit hard by the emergency budget’s overhaul of the welfare system.
She said: “I think it will leave me worse off.
“Housing benefit is being reformed, so a lot of people will be affected by that.
“My children are grown up so the Child Tax credit changes won’t affect me.
“But I am concerned about the VAT increase.
“It will affect everything we buy, including food.
“I do agree they have to be tough to reduce the deficit, but this will mean a lot of people are a lot worse off than they were before.”
OPINION: (from left) Ruth Gloster, Vicky Naughton, Len Stevenson and wife Maureen Stevenson (bottom right).