Adam Afriyie
MP for Windsor
The Budget and the long-term economic plan

Here in Ascot, we are fortunate to have been somewhat sheltered from the economic struggles facing other parts the country. Business is stronger than ever, and this is a tribute to entrepreneurs who have persevered through very difficult years. We are seeing a private-sector led economy, especially locally, with a record number of people in work as businesses invest, grow and take on new people.

At the Budget, the Chancellor updated the Charter for Budget Responsibility so that the Government continues to reduce the deficit as part of the long-term economic plan – helping to build a stronger, more competitive economy and secure a better future for Britain. By voting for our updated plan to reduce the deficit and cap welfare, Labour would be making a promise that they intend to break in office, because their policy is to borrow more and spend more, including on welfare. That’s exactly how they got us into a mess in the first place. And despite voting for the welfare cap, Labour are promising to breach it in office by restoring the spare room subsidy – a welfare spending rise. Nothing will change – it’s the same old Labour with no plan to secure Britain’s future. We cannot afford to put families’ economic security at risk.

Before last year’s Budget I called for a number of changes to boost growth. Since then, the Chancellor has cut National Insurance for small businesses and scrapped it for young people. Last week’s Budget went further to strengthen the hand of British businesses by abolishing more red tape, and reducing taxation so they can invest more money and hire more staff. This is, not only, the route to economic growth it also gives people from all backgrounds a chance of getting a job and having a chance at doing well in life.

I am confident that with a wholly Conservative Government and by sticking to our long term plan, we can secure a better future for Britain.

Here in Ascot, we are fortunate to have been somewhat sheltered from the economic struggles facing other parts the country. Business is stronger than ever, and this is a tribute to entrepreneurs who have persevered through very difficult years. We are seeing a private-sector led economy, especially locally, with a record number of people in work as businesses invest, grow and take on new people.

At the Budget, the Chancellor updated the Charter for Budget Responsibility so that the Government continues to reduce the deficit as part of the long-term economic plan – helping to build a stronger, more competitive economy and secure a better future for Britain. By voting for our updated plan to reduce the deficit and cap welfare, Labour would be making a promise that they intend to break in office, because their policy is to borrow more and spend more, including on welfare. That’s exactly how they got us into a mess in the first place. And despite voting for the welfare cap, Labour are promising to breach it in office by restoring the spare room subsidy – a welfare spending rise. Nothing will change – it’s the same old Labour with no plan to secure Britain’s future. We cannot afford to put families’ economic security at risk.

Before last year’s Budget I called for a number of changes to boost growth. Since then, the Chancellor has cut National Insurance for small businesses and scrapped it for young people. Last week’s Budget went further to strengthen the hand of British businesses by abolishing more red tape, and reducing taxation so they can invest more money and hire more staff. This is, not only, the route to economic growth it also gives people from all backgrounds a chance of getting a job and having a chance at doing well in life.

I am confident that with a wholly Conservative Government and by sticking to our long term plan, we can secure a better future for Britain.