Swansea family feel the benefits of 2013 Budget
INSURANCE broker and claims handler Alex Evans-Jones was pleased with yesterday's budget, particularly as he and his wife have a seven-month-old daughter about to start daycare.
The 32-year-old and his medical secretary wife Melanie live in Penlan with their two children in a home which they have been paying a mortgage on for the past five years.
The Evans-Jones family are a two-car household and are set to benefit from the scrapping of a fuel duty escalator and planned fuel duty increase for September.
Mr Evans Jones works at Jelf Insurance in SA1, and his wife works at Singleton Hospital in Swansea.
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He said: "At the moment I would say our running costs of our cars far outweigh what we spend on food every month.
"I do drink beer when I can afford it and to hear it has gone down by one penny isn't a lot, but over the course of one year it will all add up. We have had a mortgage for five years now.
"If we were looking to move the mortgage guarantee scheme would be a benefit for us.
"The main thing is our youngest daughter is going to creche and for three days in creche a week, over the course of a month, it would cost £600.
"A 20 per cent reduction in the first £6,000 of child care is a massive plus for us.
"The Chancellor did say this was a budget for hard-working people and from our perspective it is going to be financially positive for us."