Crawley MP welcomes £3.5 million for pothole repairs

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Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed a central government decision to give £3.5 million to tackle potholes and other road damage in West Sussex.

He said: “The £3.5 million extra funding from the Government should make a real difference in Crawley to the huge number of drivers and cyclists who are fed up with having to continually battle against dangerous potholes, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

The sum was part of £200 million to be spent on potholes across the country.

The total was announced in the budget yesterday (Wednesday March 19).

Chris Oxlade, Labour parliamentary candidate for Crawley, welcomed the Government’s rise in personal allowance - the point at which workers’ earnings start being taxed.

George Osbourne, chancellor of the exchequer, confirmed last year’s allowance will rise on April 6 to £10,000 and said it would increase to £10,500 in April 2015.

Mr Oxlade said: “I welcome the rise in the personal allowance but the Tories deliberately forgot to mention the 24 Tory tax rises introduced by George Osborne, including the increase in VAT.”