SMUG George Osborne has turned his back on people in Ashton-under-Lyne with a do-nothing Budget that fails struggling families.
Public services face even worse cuts than in the last five years if the Tories win the General Election, with not a single mention of our crisis-hit NHS in his out-of-touch Budget speech.
Measures on savings will not help people who are already struggling to put food on the table, never mind put money aside.
The spending cuts which are now looming on vital public services in Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth will take us back to the 1930’s as callous Osborne attacks the Welfare State from the leafy comfort of his Cheshire mansion.
Tameside and Oldham Councils have already had their budgets slashed by more than half, while authorities in the rich south east have escaped.
Worse is to come for us locally with even deeper cuts planned for the next three years – more extreme than anything we have witnessed so far.
Even the Office of Budget Responsibility admits there will be a “sharp acceleration" in the pace of cuts in day-to-day spending on public services.
Osborne is on a different planet from the rest of us, with ordinary families in my constituency already a staggering £1600 worse off since the Coalition came to power.
Osborne offered nothing to help people who are struggling to pay their mortgages, find a place to live, or are being ripped off by private sector landlords.
And he failed to tackle the deep-seated problems in our economy – falling productivity, lack of skills and apprenticeships for our young people and a deteriorating public infrastructure.
Look at his record - Osborne has failed to tackle the deficit and bring down our national debt.
Instead of a Britain “walking tall”, he has left working people on their knees at the mercy of low pay, widening job insecurity, zero hours contracts and disappearing public services.
Only a Labour Government on May 8th can stop the Tory rot, by putting working families first and saving our NHS.
We’ll raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour, cut taxes for working people with a lower 10p starting rate of tax and a 50 p tax rate for the richest, and reduce business rates for small firms. And we’ll balance the books in a fair way by reversing the Tories’ tax cut for millionaires.
Labour’s election pledges
- A strong economic foundation: Balance the books and cut the deficit every year while securing the future of the NHS. None of our manifesto commitments require additional borrowing.
- Higher living standards for working families: Freeze energy bills until 2017 and give the regulator the power to cut bills this winter, ban exploitative zero-hours contracts, raise the minimum wage to £8 and provide 25 hours free childcare a week.
- An NHS with the time to care: 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. We will join up services from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.
- Controls on immigration: People who come here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years and we will introduce fair rules making it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers.
- A country where the next generation can do better than the last: Tuition fees reduced to £6,000, an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades, and smaller class sizes for 5, 6 & 7 year-olds.
We need to get the Tories out and build a better future with Labour!