Why Don Valley MP is happy with Budget despite freeport disappointment: Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Nick Fletcher, Conservative MP for Don Valley.

Nick Fletcher is the Conservative MP for Don Valley.

I WAS delighted with many measures announced in the Budget, despite being disappointed that Doncaster Sheffield Airport was not awarded Freeport status. The Chancellor provided a series of measures to help the economy recover from this terrible pandemic and help level up the north of England.

I know that across Don Valley, the extension of the furlough scheme, further support for the self-employed, and the extension of the Universal Credit uplift for an additional six months will help families and businesses across the country. Having spoken to hundreds of constituents and stakeholders, I know how much business has suffered. It is clear the Government recognises this, and I was reassured the Budget confirmed the extension of the businesses rate holiday for another year. This will save a vast £6bn for our many great entrepreneurs and business owners.

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Furthermore, keeping VAT rates at five per cent until September for the hospitality and tourism sectors will help reinvigorate these industries as we come out of lockdown in the months ahead.

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While the Chancellor has rightly recognised the need to plug the hold in spending in the short term, this will not affect small businesses, and I was pleased that the rise in corporation tax to 25 per cent will only be applied to the top 10 per cent of businesses which have profits of £250,000 plus. This is a proportionate, fiscally responsible measure. Lastly, it was fantastic that the Chancellor announced measures to help level up the North. The ‘super-deduction’ is another innovative, invigorating initiative that will supercharge infrastructure projects across the country. Equally, the Levelling Up Fund will go a long way in bringing prosperity and jobs to the North.

From: Patrick Erwin, Policy and Markets Director, Northern Powergrid, Castleford.

THE Budget was squarely focused on economic uplift. A huge part of that is the development of the clean energy industry at a rapid pace and the clear leadership role our region is taking.

Teesside was singled out as a hub for offshore wind, a new UK Infrastructure Investment Bank based in Leeds will support the green recovery and Able Marine Energy Park on Humberside looks set for a boost. As the local electricity network, we stand ready for collaboration with all partners to ensure this region has a bright green future.

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