Scottish Secretary welcomes help for rural motorists
The Berwickshire MP and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said motorists across the Borders will welcome the decision by the Chancellor to abandon a planned 3p rise in fuel duty, due in January:
"I think that it's particularly important that the Chancellor has abandoned the proposed fuel duty increase. That will help motorsits across the south of Scotland and the north of England, and in rural areas.
"As well as that, we've got a cut to people's taxes- taking low and middle income tax payers out of tax all together and reducing the burden on others.
"For people across the south of Scotland and the north of England that's very important."
– Michael Moore, Berwickshire MP and Scottish Secretary
Stephen Winyard, who runs a luxury spa and hotel near Peebles, is not completely haapy with the Autumn Statement:
"There's no need for haulage costs to go up- we depend on an awful lot of suppliers during the year, so that's a very welcomed initiative.
"But there's no reduction in national insurance contributions which we all know is a tax on jobs.
"I also have issues on the minimum wage- there are market forces out there, but minimum wages tend to start at the bottom and ripple their way up to the top of an organisation, therefore it's not helpful in encouraging employers to take on more staff.
"I'm a little disappointed as more could be done to encourage employment."
– Stephen Winyard, Managing Director, Stobo Castle
Sally Fielding owns holiday cottages in the Lake District and believes that cancelling the fuel increase will help small businesses and tourism in the region:
It's important for ordinary people, and ordinary people is where the recovery is going to start.
"Cumbria is so sparsely populated, everyone I know gets in the car everyday to go places and to do things, so if we can start there, then brilliant.
When people come and visit Cumbria, they come in their car because it's so isolated, you have to be able to drive.
It's all about small businesses in Cumbria. We've got a few big employers who do employ a lot of people, but the majority are small businesses working together, helping each other and building the economy that way. "