City MP backs budget
CITY MP Stewart Jackson has defended the measures introduced in last week’s emergency budget, telling Parliament that the neediest in Peterborough will benefit.
Speaking in the House of Commons in a budget debate on Monday, Mr Jackson said that people in Peterborough had suffered during the 13 years of Labour government.
He claimed that 6,000 of his constituents “languish” on disability living allowance, while the city also copes with low skill levels and average pay.
But the new budget will help this, Mr Jackson claimed, saying: “We simply cannot go on as we are. I welcome the measures in the budget.
“I believe that they seek to protect the vul- nerable while rebalancing our efforts to generate a private sector-led recovery that will benefit everyone medium term.
“I particularly welcome the 50,000 extra apprenticeships, an increase in the child element of the child tax credit, the re-linking of pensions and the allowance increase of £1,000 for low and middle-income earners.”