Chancellor has set out his stall for ‘working people in the South West’

The Budget set out the Government’s plan for working people in the South West yesterday (Wednesday).

The Treasury has hailed Chancellor George Osborne’s raft of measures to deliver tax cuts and provide a new ‘living wage’ for some 140,000 people.

The Government said there would be a tax cut for 2.6 million people in the South West, with 50,000 taken out of income tax altogether.

Mr Osborne said his Budget delivered ‘economic security’: “A new National Living Wage for 140,000 people, and an income tax cut for millions more provides new support for people right across the South West,” he said.

“At the heart of our plans is an ambition to build a world class transport system, to hand over new powers to local leaders in Cornwall, to support the South West’s small cider makers, and to invest in science, education and skills.

“This is a Budget that delivers on our plan for working people in the South West.”

For North Devon, the Government said it would provide £1.5m to support a business case for development of the North Devon Link Road.