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St Albans' MP Anne Main 'pleased' with 2013 Budget
St Albans’ MP has shown her support for George Osborne’s budget, which was announced earlier today.
Anne Main said: "I think there are many parts of this budget that will help people in St Albans.
"I have had representations from businesses and constituents who have pointed to the rising cost of fuel as a great burden on them."
Mr Osborne announced that the rise in fuel and beer duties that were planned for autumn have been scrapped.
Mrs Main said: "I am pleased that the Chancellor has once again cancelled a fuel duty increase that means families and businesses now benefit from petrol being 13 per cent cheaper than it would have been had the Chancellor not acted.
"Scrapping the beer duty escalator and reducing the beer duty by 1p is something I have long been calling for and I pay tribute to all the work CAMRA has done to secure this.
"This announcement is good news not only for pub goers, but also for dozens of pubs in St Albans.
"I met with CAMRA at the very end of last year and they impressed upon me the need for this change. I am pleased the Chancellor delivered this."
Mr Osborne also revealed that the new budget will cap reasonable care costs at £72,000.
Mrs Main said: "Capping reasonable care costs is something that many constituents have asked for and I totally agree that if you have saved all your life you should not have to sell your home to pay for your care.
"I am pleased that hard work and responsible saving is being rewarded with this change and I hope this will reassure many constituents who have been worrying about whether they can pass any of their lifetime’s hard work onto their children."