Lanarkshire politician says UK Chancellor’s budget is ‘great news’ for families in the area

A Lanarkshire politician has hailed the UK Chancellor’s budget as “great news” for hard-pressed families in the area.

Conservative Central Scotland MSP Graham Simpson says Jeremy Hunt’s statement yesterday “managed to support vulnerable people in the region and encourage economic growth”.

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He has also urged the SNP Government to match the Chancellor’s commitment to roll out 30 hours of free childcare to parents of all one and two-year-olds south of the border.

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Mr Simpson highlighted how the spending pledges announced by the Chancellor will generate an extra £320 million over two years – in so-called Barnett Consequentials – for the Scottish Government to spend.

The MSP told Lanarkshire Live : “Jeremy Hunt has delivered a budget for growth and stability which is great news for hard-pressed families in Lanarkshire.

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“The extension of the energy price cap and the fuel duty freeze provide welcome relief for local residents, while there’s vital support for those feeling the squeeze most with the announcements on pre-payment meters and Universal Credit.

“The move towards 30 hours of free childcare for one and two-year-olds is a huge boost for families and the economy – and it’s essential that the SNP Government follow suit on this now they’ve been given the funding.

“The cost of childcare is a major impediment to new parents returning to work, so this measure will really stimulate economic growth. All in all, this is a welcome package for Lanarkshire residents.

“Now SNP ministers must pass on the Barnett Consequentials the budget has generated, so that locals enjoy the full benefits of it.”

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