Today’s Budget offered nothing to tackle the issues that matter most to people in Brightside and Hillsborough. There was no increase in spending for mental health services facing higher demands; no mention of how to cope with the social care crisis; and not a word about helping our struggling police services which since 2010 has seen a 36% cut in funding in South Yorkshire.
With our NHS struggling to cope in the coming winter months, today’s Budget did not provide near enough the levels of funding so that our NHS has the resources it needs to provide an excellent service within the waiting time targets.
The Budget was clear however about the state of our economy: lower projected growth, faltering productivity, lower wages and rising debts. This is the record of Tory austerity.
Overall, I am disappointed by the lack of energy and direction of this Budget. It is clear only a Labour Government will provide the investment needed to support our public sector and get our economy growing sufficiently.