£100,000 a year ‘not a huge salary’, chancellor claims

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The chancellor has claimed that earning £100,000 a year is “not a huge salary”.

Jeremy Hunt made the remark on social media platform X, in a post which was aimed at his constituents in Surrey.

He will be campaigning hard as he is changing seats for the next general election after the boundaries were redrawn as part of a regular review.

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In the post on his profile, Mr Hunt said: “I spoke to a lady from Godalming about eligibility for the government’s childcare offer which is not available if one parent is earning over £100k.

“That is an issue I would really like to sort out after the next election as I am aware that it is not [a] huge salary in our area if you have a mortgage to pay.”

Mr Hunt increased the threshold for childcare benefits in his most recent budget.

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According to the Office for National Statistics, the average salary for someone in full-time work was £34,963 in April 2023.

Mr Hunt is standing for the Godalming and Ash constituency, having represented Farnham and Haslemere constituency.

According to Rightmove, the property marketplace website, the average price of a house in Godalming has been £683,463 in the past year.

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