Reid reacts to the Budget

Whisky duty cut, a better tax deal for farmers and low earners, faster broadband and frozen fuel prices announced in the 2015 Budget are good news said Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid.

He has welcomed announcements from the Chancellor's Budget on these matters for which he has been campaigning long and hard.
Giving his immediate response to George Osborne's budget speech, Mr Reid said:
"Farmers will now be able to average their income for tax purposes over five years. I argued for this in the dairy industry debate. This will mean so much, especially to the hard-pressed dairy farmers of Kintyre and Bute.

"With so many whisky distilleries here in my constituency, the news that duty is to be cut by two per cent is very good news for the industry. In February I secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons where I urged the Treasury for just such a cut.
"Fuel duty will once again be frozen, another vital piece of good news for rural motorists.
"I have been fighting long and hard for better telecommunications; in fact I am heading into a Scottish Select Committee immediately after the budget to discuss telecommunications in rural Scotland and the Chancellor's announcement of 100Mbs to nearly all homes in the country is good news."

And he added: "Income Tax Personal allowances will go up to £10,800 next year and then to £11,000. People will find themselves £900 a year better off compared to five years ago."

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