Anne Snelgrove MP has welcomed the additional real help that many people in South Swindon will receives.
• In April the child element of child tax credits will rise by £150 a year and working tax credits by £90 a year.
• A basic rate tax cut will come into effect for 22 million tax payers worth £145 a year.
• And the state pension will rise by £4.55 to £95.25 the highest rise since 2001. We have also increased the Pension Credit to £130 a week for single pensioners and £198 for couples a rise of £5.95 which is the largest rise since Labour created the pension credit in 2003.
Anne Snelgrove MP said,
“The Government is committed to not repeating the mistakes of previous Tory recessions where families and communities were left to cope on their own. The Government is offering a lot of extra help at this time when people need it most.
“From April child tax credits will rise by £150 a year and working tax credits by £90 a year. Basic rate taxpayers will get a tax cut worth £145 a year helping 2.2million people in this region. And if you or someone in your family are expecting a child there is a new "Health in Pregnancy Grant" worth £190 for mums-to-be. This means extra support for 780,000 across the country.
“The Government is also helping pensioners who may be feeling the pinch. The state pension is going up by £4.55 to £95.25 from April, helping 15,040 people in South Swindon. We have also increased the Pension Credit to £130 a week for single pensioners and £198 for couples helping over 3,000 households in South Swindon. It’s important to remember that this winter was one of the coldest I can remember in a long time, so it was more important than ever that this year there was a Winter Fuel Payment of £250 for the over 60s and £400 for those over 80.”
This week also sees the right to request flexible working extended for families with children up to 16 years old.
Anne Snelgrove MP said,
“Last week I met a working mum who will benefit enormously from the right to request more flexible working. I am delighted that the Government is extending the right to request flexible working to an additional 4.5 million parents of older children to help families. Flexible working has already been a success for millions of parents of younger children and for carers who have already been given the right to request it. Businesses have also benefited from increased productivity so both families and employers will be winners from the new legislation.”