Gareth Johnson MP welcomes the budget

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Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has welcomed today’s budget which officially announced proposals to create the first garden city in the UK for 100 years in Ebbsfleet.

In his budget Chancellor George Osborne told the House of Commons the new garden city would be built with 15,000 homes, pledging to set up a development corporation and £200m for the infrastructure to kick-start the project

A prospectus about the proposal is due out next month.

Mr Johnson said: “It’s good news to hear there will be a prospectus published about the Ebbsfleet plans by Easter this year. It will put meat on the bones of this exciting proposal.”

Mr Johnson said he was also pleased about another increase in the income tax threshold. Next month the threshold of income tax rises to £10,000 and today’s budget announced it would be raised to £10,500 from April 2015.

Mr Johnson added: “I welcome any reduction on income tax. The whole budget confirmed that the recovery is now under way, although there is more work still to be done to get the economy to where we want it to be.”