Local MP Jo Swinson today welcomed new support for families and businesses in East Dunbartonshire after the UK Government’s Autumn Statement confirmed new measures to cut energy bills, keep the cost of petrol down and crack down on tax cheats.
Ministers announced a further fuel duty freeze which means petrol will be 20p per litre less expensive than it would have been under Labour’s tax plans. This will save the average driver more £11 every time they fill up their car.
Other measures include moves to scrap employer national insurance contributions for employees aged under 21. This could save Scottish businesses £45 million and support the jobs of more than 1,200 young people in East Dunbartonshire and 64,000 in Scotland.
Commenting, Jo said:
“When Liberal Democrats went into Coalition Government in 2010 we made clear that our priorities were clearing up Labour’s mess, creating jobs and building a stronger economy and a fairer society.
“The fuel duty freeze announced today will make a big difference to families in East Dunbartonshire. The action Liberal Democrats have taken in Government means that drivers are saving £11 each time they fill up at the petrol pump compared to Labour’s plans.
“Local businesses too will welcome the announcement that under-21-year-olds will have their employer national insurance contributions abolished completely. This will help employers cut costs and pave the way for East Dunbartonshire’s 1230 young people to find jobs.
“As a result of the spending announced today, the Scottish Government budget will increase by more than £300 million over the next two years. What we need to see from the SNP is urgent action to ensure that this money gets to where it is needed.
“The SNP have failed to match the free early years education that Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government have delivered for 2 year olds in England. The SNP have the powers and the money to do this but choose not to prioritise giving Scottish children the best start in life.
“With children in England set to receive free school meals as well there is a risk that children in Scotland could be left behind again. The SNP need to get their priorities right and deliver for families in East Dunbartonshire.”
As a result of the spending decisions announced , the Scottish Government will receive a net budget increase of £308 million over the next two years.