NEWS FROM LABOUR: Luke Pollard, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, responding to today’s budget statement
NEWS FROM LABOUR: Luke Pollard, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, responding to today’s budget statement, said:
“Plymouth residents will be left wondering yet again what this Tory Government are doing for them, and indeed, if the Chancellor knows anything more about the South West than the cider drinking clichés.
“With people in Plymouth £1800 worse off on average now than they were in 2010 this Budget should have delivered action on the cost of living crisis affecting families in the city. But yet again we heard the Chancellor peddle the line that the economy is recovering. It is not a recovery people in Plymouth recognise with their energy bills rising and wages dropping. We needed the Budget to offer real solutions to the cost of living crisis and it didn't.
"Having slashed the pothole budget year after year any extra money is welcome but let's be clear cutting millions from the transport budget and then only returning a tiny amount with strings attached isn't a good deal for Plymouth. We need the Government to take road maintenance seriously and that means stopping the Government cuts to the pothole budget. You can't fill in potholes in Plymouth's roads with austerity and Government PR.
“The Budget did give higher earners more help. Being able to save £15,000 a year in an ISA is great but when the average salary in Plymouth is a little over £23K the Chancellor is only providing help for the richest. It's yet again a Budget that helps the privileged few and not the many. Plymouth deserves better than this."