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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS SLAMS ‘ROLLER COASTER’ BUDGET

THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2015

 

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has slammed yesterday’s budget as a ‘roller coaster’ for public services and another failed opportunity to help improve the living standards of local hardworking families. Ms Brothers said:
“Working people in Sutton are £1,600 a year worse off after five years of the Tory and Lib Dem Government. The budget doesn’t improve on that abysmal record.
“Despite the NHS being in crisis, social care being severely cut and policing under increasing pressure, the government backed by Paul Burstow and Paul Scully have failed to set out a fair and responsible way of balancing the books and bringing down the national debt. All they have done is confirmed plans for extreme spending cuts in the three years after the election – which will put our NHS at risk.”
The Office for Budget Responsibility (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”.
Emily Brothers added:
“So the election remains a choice between the Tory and Lib Dem plan which is failing working families or Labour’s better plan which will put working families first and save our NHS. For our part, we will raise living standards by increasing the minimum wage to £8 an hour and 25 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year-olds – a better plan for Sutton.
“I’m backing an economic recovery in which everybody in Sutton can share, that entails balancing the books in a fair way by reversing the Tory tax cut for millionaires and helping 24 million working people through a lower 10p starting rate of tax.
“Only Labour is on the side of young people in Sutton. We are guaranteeing an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades and cutting tuition fees to £6,000 and by doing so tackling accumulative debt.
“The small measure on Pension Relief announced yesterday by George Osbourne is just 20% of the £2.9 billion package Labour announced last month to help fund Tuition Fees and Apprenticeships. The vast majority of the revenue for our package comes from two measures which George Osborne is refusing to do: reducing the amount of tax relief that people earning over £150,000 can get to 20% (the same as basic rate taxpayers) and reducing the annual allowance to £30,000. While the Tories are using any political wheezes they can to try to keep tuition fees at £9,000, Labour will go ahead with our plans to cut them to £6,000, as we want to encourage rather than burden young people in Sutton. We’ve always said all our manifesto commitments will be fully funded and that will remain the case.
“Labour will cut business rates for 1.5 million small business properties and getting 200,000 new homes built a year. We will invest to grow, driving infrastructure and productivity that has flat-lined under this miserable coalition.”

Emily Brothers is particularly concerned about the impact of budget measures on public services. She said:
“Our National Health Service is in crisis. Despite this, the Budget which Paul Scully and Paul Burstow are supporting says nothing about the NHS at all. They confirm plans for extreme spending cuts in the three years after the election – which will put our NHS at risk. Just in five years of Tory and Lib Dem chaos our NHS has reached crisis point: more patients are waiting longer and it’s harder to get the care you need. There is a crisis in A&E – in the last 12 months, over a million people have waited more than four hours in A&E, more people are having long waits on trolleys before being admitted to a hospital bed and more people are having to wait in ambulance queues outside hospital because A&E is full. Waiting lists for treatment are growing – they’re at their highest level for six years. It’s harder to get see your family doctor – one in four patients wait a week or more for a GP appointment.
“Labour has a better plan for Sutton, to invest in and improve our NHS so that it has time to care for you and your family. Our £2.5 billion Time to Care Fund will recruit 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 new home care workers and 3,000 more midwives, funded by a mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million, cracking down on tax avoidance and a levy on tobacco companies.”
 
  

 

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