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What the Budget means for Wakefield

Today, George Osborne spent an hour telling people they are better off and have never had it so good. But working people are £1,600 a year worse off after five years of the Tories.

Our National Health Service is in crisis. But the Budget said nothing about the NHS. And the Tories today confirmed plans for extreme spending cuts in the three years after the election – which will put our NHS at risk.

Osborne has shuffled around the numbers, but he is still planning extreme spending cuts after the election which go way beyond balancing the books. Deep cuts to police, defence and social care are almost impossible to achieve, which is why Tories will end up putting the NHS at risk and raising .

The OBR says these Budget plans will mean “a much sharper squeeze on real spending in 2016/17 and 2017/18 than anything seen over the past five years” and “a sharp acceleration in the pace of implied real cuts to day-to-day spending on public services”.

So overall working people are much worse off because of what this Chancellor has done, while millionaires have been given a huge tax cut.

Britain can do better than this.


In response, Mary Creagh MP said:

“This Budget cannot hide the fact that after five years of the Tories, working families in Wakefield are worse off and our NHS is going backwards. The average person in Wakefield is £1,800 a year worse off since 2010.”

“The Tories are planning more extreme spending cuts after the election, which go way beyond balancing the books and will put our NHS at risk. A Labour Budget would raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour, cut taxes for working people with a lower 10p starting rate of tax and reduce business rates for small firms.”


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