‘Budget will help residents of Lewes constituency’ says MP

MP for Lewes Maria Caulfield has welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget which, she said, will help all residents of the Lewes constituency through the rest of the pandemic and beyond.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:04 pm

The budget includes extending support measures implemented during the coronavirus pandemic to continue helping people and companies as we ease out of restrictions, as well as introducing new measures that will help get the economy going again once the pandemic is over.

The budget will support people through the pandemic by:

- Extending Furlough until September

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield

- Two further grants for the self-employed – and bringing in those who became self-employed in 19/20

- Restart grants of up to £18,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure

- Extending the VAT cut for a further six months before tapering for another six months

- Business rates holiday extended for a further three months before tapering for another nine months

- Extending the £20 uplift in Universal Credit for six months

- Continuing the stamp duty cut for six months before tapering for another three months

- A brand new 95 per cent mortgage guarantee for prospective homebuyers

And residents across Lewes will see their personal finances protected by the budget with:

- No increases to personal income tax, NICs or VAT

- Freezing alcohol duty

- Freezing fuel duty

- Keeping inheritance, capital gains, and pensions lifetime allowances

- Asking the largest and most profitable companies to pay more in two years’ time by increasing corporation tax to 25 per cent

Mrs Caulfield said: “I thank the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, for this support to my constituents in Lewes.

“This budget will ensure that residents of all walks of life are supported through the pandemic and beyond.

“Whether people are on furlough, self-employed, on UC, looking to move home, or still working and paying tax, the budget is set to support them.

“This is a budget to help all residents of my Lewes constituency and I welcome these measures.”