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Andrew Duff MEP says Budget good for East of England

March 21, 2012 6:00 PM
Originally published by Andrew Duff

Lib Dem Euro MP Andrew Duff says the budget today will help economic recovery in the East of England. Commenting after the Chancellor's statement, Duff said:

"The increase in tax thresholds means that 75,000 people in our region will no longer pay income tax. That will certainly help low earners. Right-to-buy tenants will benefit from the doubling of the discount caps. And another £40 million will be provided for building another 1200 homes across the region.

"East of England local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) will benefit from another £16.4 million aimed at unlocking private investment to jobs and growth.

"Everyone will welcome the commitment to further work on the A14, one of the worst roads in the country.

"The tax relief for our very important video games industry will put us on a par with other EU competitors.

"Our region must get ready to apply for funding from the enlarged funding for 'super-connected cities'."

Government will use its £150 million Mobile Infrastructure Project to deliver improved mobile phone coverage to 60,000 households nationally including the A143 from Haverhill to Great Yarmouth.

Mr Duff added: "In difficult times, this is a better budget than many of us expected. Liberal Democrat influence has been felt to good effect".

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