BUDGET REACTION: MP welcomes 'budget for the whole of Pembrokeshire'

Stephen Crabb MP

Stephen Crabb MP

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PRESELI Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb has welcomed the budget unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday.

Mr Crabb, a junior minister in the Wales Office, said:  “This could have been a Budget designed just for the needs of Pembrokeshire. It had measures to help people from all walks of life, businesses and voluntary groups too.

“From retired people to those working on low incomes; from people trying to build up their savings to those families struggling with childcare costs; from local industry and business facing soaring energy bills to charities like the Air Ambulance and local lifeboats needing help with fuel costs, this Budget gave real practical assistance to Pembrokeshire."

Aspects he highlighted include:

  • Help for savers and retired people: “Pembrokeshire is home to a greater proportion of retired people than most other parts of the UK. These are people who have worked hard all their lives and should now be able to enjoy the fruits of that. But too many have seen little benefit from their hard-earned savings in recent years so today’s steps to increase ISA levels, slash tax on savings and offer new higher interest pensioner bonds are a big step forward in improving the quality of life for those in retirement,” he said.
  • Help for families and the lowest earners: “This Budget will have a real impact on the lowest earners in Pembrokeshire. Raising the Personal Allowance to £10,500 will put more money back in people’s pockets at the end of each month and take around 2,000 people in Pembrokeshire out of income tax altogether," said Mr Crabb.

“The cost of childcare is a huge issue for a great many families in our County and the measures announced today will give parents a subsidy worth up to £2,000 to help with these costs starting next year. Households can also expect to see their energy bills fall by an additional £15.”

  • The Haven Enterprise Zone & Pembrokeshire business: “I very much welcome the extended tax break given to the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone in the Budget. The Enhanced Capital Allowance for businesses investing in our local Enterprise Zone will now be available right up until 2020. This will make Haven an even more attractive place to invest. On the back of the disappointing events at Mustang Marine this is welcome news.

“Energy costs are a real problem not just for many households but for businesses too. With major industry on our doorsteps like Valero and Murco the cap on the Carbon Price Floor announced today is a really positive step forward. I am pleased that the work I have led at the Wales Office on energy intensive industries is beginning to bear fruit for Welsh industry.”

  • Pubs & community groups: “In our local community as well, this Budget will help by waiving VAT on fuel for the Wales Air Ambulance and RNLI rescue boats. This is of particular benefit for our coastal communities particularly as we enter the height of the tourist season.

“Local scouts and girl guide groups are also set to benefit from £10 million the Government is taking back from those banks who abused the LIBOR interbank lending rates.

“The cost of beer is now down 1p a pint as well which I know will be a welcome boost to landlords and landladies across the County. It’s been a tough time for many community pubs but I am pleased that the economy is strong enough again to enable Beer Duty to be cut.”

Do you agree with Mr Crabb's comments? What did you think about the budget and how will it affect you? Leave your comments below or email your letters to wtletters@westerntelegraph.co.uk

 

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11:47am Thu 20 Mar 14

Justiceforall says...

“The cost of beer is now down 1p a pint as well which I know will be a welcome boost to landlords and landladies across the County.

What a joke beer drinkers across the county can sleep safer in their beds knowing they will save a full £1 by drinking 100 pints.
“The cost of beer is now down 1p a pint as well which I know will be a welcome boost to landlords and landladies across the County. What a joke beer drinkers across the county can sleep safer in their beds knowing they will save a full £1 by drinking 100 pints. Justiceforall
  • Score: 2

11:56am Thu 20 Mar 14

Justiceforall says...

Starting next year. Households can also expect to see their energy bills fall by an additional £15.” Rejoice up to £15 saving on energy bills.

Nationalising all utilities and public services would save us hundreds of pounds by not paying shareholders dividends via our energy meters.

Roll on the elections.
Starting next year. Households can also expect to see their energy bills fall by an additional £15.” Rejoice up to £15 saving on energy bills. Nationalising all utilities and public services would save us hundreds of pounds by not paying shareholders dividends via our energy meters. Roll on the elections. Justiceforall
  • Score: 5

12:04pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Electra1 says...

Justiceforall wrote:
“The cost of beer is now down 1p a pint as well which I know will be a welcome boost to landlords and landladies across the County.

What a joke beer drinkers across the county can sleep safer in their beds knowing they will save a full £1 by drinking 100 pints.
Don't forget the bingo players :(
[quote][p][bold]Justiceforall[/bold] wrote: “The cost of beer is now down 1p a pint as well which I know will be a welcome boost to landlords and landladies across the County. What a joke beer drinkers across the county can sleep safer in their beds knowing they will save a full £1 by drinking 100 pints.[/p][/quote]Don't forget the bingo players :( Electra1
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Thu 20 Mar 14

hardcheese says...

Any Budget advantages for the people of Pembrokeshire will be wiped out from the massive increase in Council Tax "2014/2015"

Pensioners have missed out yet again of an increase in the Personal Allowance.

So how can you say the pensioners have had "Help" from the budget....
Any Budget advantages for the people of Pembrokeshire will be wiped out from the massive increase in Council Tax "2014/2015" Pensioners have missed out yet again of an increase in the Personal Allowance. So how can you say the pensioners have had "Help" from the budget.... hardcheese
  • Score: 5

2:19pm Thu 20 Mar 14

West Wales Paul says...

It was a fantastic budget for all the family-carers and disabled people they look after. Absolutely chuffed to see we didn't get a mention.

It confirms everything I believe about the ConDem government and Mr Crabb.

They genuinely don't care about anyone other than themselves.
It was a fantastic budget for all the family-carers and disabled people they look after. Absolutely chuffed to see we didn't get a mention. It confirms everything I believe about the ConDem government and Mr Crabb. They genuinely don't care about anyone other than themselves. West Wales Paul
  • Score: 7

2:28pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Cymru bach says...

I cannot believe that the WT have printed this Conservative Central Office inspired spin without also printing a reply from the opposition.

It can be seen from the comments already on here what the electorate feel.

I do welcome though the slashing of duty on fuel for the Wales Air Ambulance but find it hard to believe that they were paying it in the first place.

VAT should also be abolished for charities when they buy things or get building work done etc.
I cannot believe that the WT have printed this Conservative Central Office inspired spin without also printing a reply from the opposition. It can be seen from the comments already on here what the electorate feel. I do welcome though the slashing of duty on fuel for the Wales Air Ambulance but find it hard to believe that they were paying it in the first place. VAT should also be abolished for charities when they buy things or get building work done etc. Cymru bach
  • Score: 11

4:41pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Tttoommy says...

West Wales Paul wrote:
It was a fantastic budget for all the family-carers and disabled people they look after. Absolutely chuffed to see we didn't get a mention.

It confirms everything I believe about the ConDem government and Mr Crabb.

They genuinely don't care about anyone other than themselves.
Do any of them? Blair started an illegal war to keep his "employers" happy, Milliband (whose father was a marxist with a propert portfolio in London) is possibly richer than Cameron and of course stabbed his brother in the back to become leader of his party
[quote][p][bold]West Wales Paul[/bold] wrote: It was a fantastic budget for all the family-carers and disabled people they look after. Absolutely chuffed to see we didn't get a mention. It confirms everything I believe about the ConDem government and Mr Crabb. They genuinely don't care about anyone other than themselves.[/p][/quote]Do any of them? Blair started an illegal war to keep his "employers" happy, Milliband (whose father was a marxist with a propert portfolio in London) is possibly richer than Cameron and of course stabbed his brother in the back to become leader of his party Tttoommy
  • Score: 6

5:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Gogledd says...

People! People, what are you thinking. This is a wonderful budget. I can now take all my money out of my pension and spend it. Hopefully this means that I can enjoy the next 10 - 20 years...who knows - and then I will be completely broke and I will be able to go into a care home and the state will take care of me just as they do every other person who has never bothered to get out of bed or save a penny and get free health care. I will of course sell my house, go live in Spain for a while and then return and live in rented council accommodation or whatever and claim housing benefit and income support and pension credit.... It means that I can spend the lot just as if I had never saved a penny...wonderful news for pensioners who have worked so hard rather than the idle lot who do nothing. I will have cheaper beer...woops I wont have to brew my own any more and I will be able to spend more on bingo woopeeeeee.
People! People, what are you thinking. This is a wonderful budget. I can now take all my money out of my pension and spend it. Hopefully this means that I can enjoy the next 10 - 20 years...who knows - and then I will be completely broke and I will be able to go into a care home and the state will take care of me just as they do every other person who has never bothered to get out of bed or save a penny and get free health care. I will of course sell my house, go live in Spain for a while and then return and live in rented council accommodation or whatever and claim housing benefit and income support and pension credit.... It means that I can spend the lot just as if I had never saved a penny...wonderful news for pensioners who have worked so hard rather than the idle lot who do nothing. I will have cheaper beer...woops I wont have to brew my own any more and I will be able to spend more on bingo woopeeeeee. Gogledd
  • Score: 9

6:11pm Thu 20 Mar 14

chizy says...

I thought it was the 20th March today, but after reading the above I reckon I've time travelled to April 1st. This has to be a joke.
He actually welcomes what Gideon Osbourne announced yesterday?
I mean he welcomes, not likes or thinks is ok but actually welcomes. Not just welcomes but thinks the budget "could have been a Budget designed just for the needs of Pembrokeshire".
Oh, please..............
....
All together now "you couldn't make it up"
I thought it was the 20th March today, but after reading the above I reckon I've time travelled to April 1st. This has to be a joke. He actually welcomes what Gideon Osbourne announced yesterday? I mean he welcomes, not likes or thinks is ok but actually welcomes. Not just welcomes but thinks the budget "could have been a Budget designed just for the needs of Pembrokeshire". Oh, please.............. .... All together now "you couldn't make it up" chizy
  • Score: 5

10:24pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Cymru bach says...

If you read local papers up and down the country there will be similar articles personalised to their local areas by various Tory MPs.

It happens every time, you only have to read Private Eye, who reprint the various quotes that have been changed with different locations entered in.

The sad thing is that they think that it is true!
If you read local papers up and down the country there will be similar articles personalised to their local areas by various Tory MPs. It happens every time, you only have to read Private Eye, who reprint the various quotes that have been changed with different locations entered in. The sad thing is that they think that it is true! Cymru bach
  • Score: 6

8:34am Fri 21 Mar 14

Justiceforall says...

What have the Conservatives ever done for the people of Pembrokeshire?
What have the Conservatives ever done for the people of Pembrokeshire? Justiceforall
  • Score: 3

10:20am Fri 21 Mar 14

Gogledd says...

Justiceforall wrote:
What have the Conservatives ever done for the people of Pembrokeshire?
Nothing......read Animal Farm by George Orwell...sums it all up perfectly.

all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others...
[quote][p][bold]Justiceforall[/bold] wrote: What have the Conservatives ever done for the people of Pembrokeshire?[/p][/quote]Nothing......read Animal Farm by George Orwell...sums it all up perfectly. all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others... Gogledd
  • Score: 6

7:39am Sat 22 Mar 14

Welshman23 says...

Electra1 wrote:
Justiceforall wrote:
“The cost of beer is now down 1p a pint as well which I know will be a welcome boost to landlords and landladies across the County.

What a joke beer drinkers across the county can sleep safer in their beds knowing they will save a full £1 by drinking 100 pints.
Don't forget the bingo players :(
Forgive me for being cynical are there any bingo halls in Pembrokeshire.
Mr Crabb you fail to see that when it suits you are are able to comment immediately but when these words are mentioned PCC Kremlin BPJ you seem to be struck down with a dose of dumbness. Only a year left hope your CV is up to date for life as an ex MP.
[quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Justiceforall[/bold] wrote: “The cost of beer is now down 1p a pint as well which I know will be a welcome boost to landlords and landladies across the County. What a joke beer drinkers across the county can sleep safer in their beds knowing they will save a full £1 by drinking 100 pints.[/p][/quote]Don't forget the bingo players :([/p][/quote]Forgive me for being cynical are there any bingo halls in Pembrokeshire. Mr Crabb you fail to see that when it suits you are are able to comment immediately but when these words are mentioned PCC Kremlin BPJ you seem to be struck down with a dose of dumbness. Only a year left hope your CV is up to date for life as an ex MP. Welshman23
  • Score: 10

8:37am Sat 22 Mar 14

Tttoommy says...

He's just going through the motions isn't he?

Don't believe even he thinks he's going to keep his seat
He's just going through the motions isn't he? Don't believe even he thinks he's going to keep his seat Tttoommy
  • Score: 9

4:31pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Tttoommy says...

Cymru bach wrote:
I cannot believe that the WT have printed this Conservative Central Office inspired spin without also printing a reply from the opposition.

It can be seen from the comments already on here what the electorate feel.

I do welcome though the slashing of duty on fuel for the Wales Air Ambulance but find it hard to believe that they were paying it in the first place.

VAT should also be abolished for charities when they buy things or get building work done etc.
especially when the fax came through with those blanks - stick your constituency you welsh oiks HERE if you know what's good for you ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Cymru bach[/bold] wrote: I cannot believe that the WT have printed this Conservative Central Office inspired spin without also printing a reply from the opposition. It can be seen from the comments already on here what the electorate feel. I do welcome though the slashing of duty on fuel for the Wales Air Ambulance but find it hard to believe that they were paying it in the first place. VAT should also be abolished for charities when they buy things or get building work done etc.[/p][/quote]especially when the fax came through with those blanks - stick your constituency you welsh oiks HERE if you know what's good for you ;-) Tttoommy
  • Score: 4

4:47pm Sun 23 Mar 14

GekkoTech says...

Justiceforall wrote:
What have the Conservatives ever done for the people of Pembrokeshire?
They've given us sanitation, roads, laws, public libraries and social benefits for the poor...er, hang on, that was the Romans.
[quote][p][bold]Justiceforall[/bold] wrote: What have the Conservatives ever done for the people of Pembrokeshire?[/p][/quote]They've given us sanitation, roads, laws, public libraries and social benefits for the poor...er, hang on, that was the Romans. GekkoTech
  • Score: 6

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