Election candidate backs Budget.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Liz Truss on a visit to the Louth and Horncastle constituency with Conservative Parliamentary candidate Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Liz Truss on a visit to the Louth and Horncastle constituency with Conservative Parliamentary candidate Victoria Atkins
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The Budget is addressing issues raised on the doorsteps of Louth and Horncastle according to the Conservative General Election candiate for the constituency.

Victoria Atkins welomed proposals put forward in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget last week. She said that measures including boosting broadband and mobile phone connections in rural areas, raising the personal allowance and Help to Buy Isa would be popular with voters.

Mrs Atkins added: “This Budget focused on issues that residents have raised with me as I have been working my way around the constituency.

It coincided with the good news that 894 fewer people are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in this constituency than in February 2010, a reduction of 44 per cent.

“It is excellent that they and everyone else in work will be keeping more of their earnings, with the personal allowance being raised to £10,800 next year and to £11,000 in 2017.”

Mrs Atkins joined Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Liz Truss in the constituency last week following the Chancellor’s announcement that farmers should be able to average out their earnings over five years for tax purposes saving an average of £950 a year.