Angela Eagle MP responds to the Budget.
“George Osborne’s claim that the sun is shining doesn’t ring true for people and families on Merseyside who for the first time since the 1920s are earning less at the end of a government than they were at the beginning.
Households are on average £1600 a year worse off and there is a real issue with low-paid, exploitative zero hour contract jobs which give people no security whatsoever. The Chancellor did nothing to address this. He also failed to mention that the Tories have imposed 24 major tax rises over the past five years, which has contributed to the rising cost of living for ordinary people.
It is insulting for the Chancellor to say that living standards are improving when the reality is quite different. It is only the privileged few at the top who are benefiting have benefited under the Tories; everyone else has been left behind.
The Budget also gave the Chancellor the opportunity to deal with the funding crisis in the NHS. By not doing so, he further confirmed the dangers the Tories pose to the NHS if they’re given another term. By their own admittance they want to take public spending back to the levels of the 1930s. It is a dangerous risk that we can’t afford to take.”