This week as Phillip Hammond unveiled his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor of the Exchequer, I was pleased to hear the news that the economy remains on track and the Government has ensured that despite troubling times it has managed to keep manifesto pledges such as raising the tax-free personal allowance; lifting many families on low incomes out of tax altogether and reducing the tax burden for others meaning people are able to keep more of what they work hard to earn.
In what will come as a huge relief to those seeking to rent homes, the Government has pledged to ban the charging of up-front fees by letting agencies as soon as possible. These unregulated fees sometimes make it extremely difficult for people to rent properties and I look forward to the positive effect this will have for my constituents. Many people renting homes in the constituency have raised this with me as an issue and I had passed their concerns on to the Chancellor. I was also pleased to hear the Government has frozen fuel duty for the seventh consecutive year, this will amount to a saving of £130 per year to the average car driver and around £350 per year for van drivers.
On Wednesday evening I met a constituent at the Cardiac Risk for the Young Reception in Parliament. Her son died from an undiagnosed heart condition at just 30 years old and she is now helping raise awareness of these conditions for other families.
On Saturday, I am looking forward to joining Romsey residents in the Town Centre for the annual Christmas lights switch on. Many will have seen that preparations have been well under way for weeks and now comes the all-important switch on, signalling the Christmas countdown for the town. I was very pleased to pick up the Christmas in Romsey brochure a fortnight ago and thank all those who make the festive events possible.