Politicians across South West Wales brand Budget bland and disappointing
THE Chancellor's Budget has been branded bland and disappointing by politicians across South West Wales.
Aberavon MP Hywel Francis said: "This is a very disappointing budget because it is not tackling the need to revive the economy and does not help millions on low and middle incomes struggling with the rising cost of living."
Swansea East MP Sian James said: "It is frankly very difficult to see how this budget even begins to help families in my constituency.
"Household bills continue to rise yet pay is held back and even frozen in some cases. "Cutting corporation tax doesn't put food on the table or help with the cost of school uniforms. People will be disappointed that the budget does nothing for incomes but they will not be surprised."
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Plaid Cymru Treasury spokesman and Carmarthen East & Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards said: "This was a bland Budget by a Chancellor trying to convince himself that his policies are working, despite a further growth downgrade by the OBR.
"The announcement on childcare support is a positive move but we are concerned that it does not help those on tax credits or universal credit — in other words those on the lowest incomes who face the greatest barriers to meaningful work.
"It is also good news that the planned rise in fuel costs will be scrapped, but we would have preferred to see a long-term solution in the form of a genuine duty stabiliser to prevent soaring prices at the pump.
"The £10,000 tax threshold is another welcome announcement that will help those on lowers incomes — a policy that Plaid Cymru has long supported."
Neath MP Peter Hain said: "Every year this Government has been in office, the economy has got worse, but the Budget announced no change of policy.
"The biggest single disappointment was a puny £3 billion investment postponed for two years' time when most economists agree we need at least £30 billion now to kick-start growth, jobs and hope."
Swansea West MP Geraint Davies said: "While tax reductions are welcome we need to balance up our responsibilities.
"It's good a million more people are in jobs but bad they're not producing more overall, which underlines the need to invest more in productivity like transport, skills, connectivity — but there's no more money in the Budget to do that."
Llanelli MP Nia Griffith said: "I'm glad to see some encouragement to small firms to take on people, but the Chancellor needs to do a lot more to kick-start the economy and help hard-pressed families."