Responding to the Comprehensive Spending Review today, Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:

“The Tory pay freeze is a kick in the teeth for Plymouth’s frontline public sector workers. Police Officers, teachers and firefighters all face real-terms pay cuts. It’s all well and good clapping for our key workers, but what the really need is paid properly for their dedication.

“This spending review was disappointing for the South West and for Plymouth. The Chancellor’s plans do not match the scale of the crises we face. The scale of the jobs crisis is scary and I am very worried about how many Plymouth families will be out of work very soon.

“There are large gaps in the spending plans especially for funding local services like care services from Plymouth City Council. The Tory plan is not ambitious enough to meaningfully help with our city’s recovery from the deep recession we’re heading into. And there’s no sign of Plymouth getting its fair share in funding yet again.


“The South West seems to have been missed in the Tory levelling up agenda. Tory Ministers are taking the south west for granted. I had high hopes for the new national infrastructure plan but this has just re-announced old projects for the South West. The map for planned investment shows nothing for Plymouth.


“At the same time as those who are friends with the Prime Minister are being awarded with mutli-million pound contracts, it’s those on the frontline who are being left to pick up the bill.

“The spending review was almost silent about the climate emergency. Recent green funding announcements unravelled almost as soon as they were made with only £3bn in new money which is barely 10% of what Germany is investing in new green jobs. We need a proper plan for jobs not a wall of Government spin. My campaign for Plymouth to finally get our fair share of funding will continue.”

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