Local MP, Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that ordinary working families in Gosport are set to benefit from a range of Government measures coming into effect this week.

From 3 April, the tax-free personal allowance will rise for the seventh year to £11,500, benefitting people around 50,746 in Gosport and meaning a typical basic rate taxpayer will pay a full £1,000 less income tax than in 2010.

As a result of our changes to the personal allowance and higher rate threshold, 4,590,000 individuals in the South East gain on average £205, and a total of 174,000 individuals will have been taken out of income tax altogether, compared to 2015-16.

In addition:

  • The National Living Wage – which delivered a pay rise to a million people last year – will rise again to £7.50: an income boost of over £500 for a full time worker in Gosport.
  • The Government will provide up to £2,000 a year per child through the roll out of tax-free childcare, to help with childcare costs for families in Gosport.
  • Hard-pressed savers will get a boost, with access our new market-leading NS&I bond which will pay 2.2% on deposits up to £3,000.

Caroline said:

“We’ve come a long way over the last seven years – there are 2.8 million more people in work, unemployment is at its lowest for twelve years and we’ve cut income tax for over 30 million people. However there is still more to do to help people locally and across the UK feel the benefits of the recovery, and make ends meet.

By giving the lowest paid a wage boost, taking more people out of income tax, boosting savings and helping with the cost of childcare, we’re putting ordinary working people at the heart of our plan for Britain: to build a stronger, fairer economy that works for everyone.”