Bolton's MPs have responded to the Autumn Statement after a speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Jeremy Hunt revealed a number of measures in the speech to the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Included in these measures were a two pence in the pound cut to National Insurance, saving someone on the average annual salary more than £400 a year, as well as a cut to tax on businesses in the form of full expensing on equipment.

There was an increase to Universal Credit of more than six per cent and an increase to the State Pension of more than eight per cent, in line with the implementation of the triple lock, despite some suggestions these rises might be lower.

Chris Green, the Conservative MP for Bolton West, welcomed the statement as "strong".

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Mr Green said: "I campaigned for the delivery of the State Pension triple lock to guarantee pensioners that they receive the pension increase they deserve and I am delighted the chancellor has delivered in full. With the chancellor's cut to the National Insurance taxes and business taxes, he is helping us with the cost of living and he is boosting the economy to provide better-paid jobs.

"The Chancellor has delivered a strong Autumn Statement."

Yasmin Qureshi, the Labour MP for Bolton South East, said the statement was "too little, too late".

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Ms Qureshi said: "We have heard a lot today about 'cutting taxes' and 'halving inflation' but the Tories have given us the highest taxes and the highest inflation for a generation. 

"Halving inflation in this context does not mean the prices in the supermarket will go down, it means the prices will continue to rise but a bit slower than they have been doing. 

"Cutting taxes after raising them does not mean my constituents will be better off. Even after the tax cuts, the tax burden reaches its highest levels for 70 years up by well over £4,000 per household compared to pre-pandemic levels. 

"There was no funding for the NHS and no funding for local governments who run some of our most essential services like Adult Social Care."

The Bolton News asked Mark Logan, the Conservative MP for Bolton North East, for a comment.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.