REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has backed the measures announced by the Chancellor to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

Rishi Sunak unveiled a package of measures in today’s Spring Statement which comes amid rising prices and soaring energy bills.

The Chancellor had been urged to implement measures to ease the cost of living, including reversing a plan to increase National Insurance for workers in April to ease the financial strain for millions of people.

Measures set out by the Chancellor in the House of Commons include cutting fuel duty by 5p for 12 months, cutting the basic rate of income tax by 2024 and raising the employment allowance for small businesses to £5,000 for small businesses.

He also announced that the personal threshold for paying National Insurance will rise from £9,500 to £12,570 from July.

Responding to the announcement, Rachel Maclean said: “I know from speaking to my constituents in my surgeries, on the doorstep and from reading their emails how concerned they are about the cost of living. That’s why I have been pushing the Government to come forward with more support for my constituents – and the Government has delivered. 

“This Tax Plan delivers the biggest cut to personal taxes in over a quarter of a century – simplifying our system in the long-term whilst we deliver immediate relief for cost-of-living pressures.”