Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

My verdict on the chancellor's last budget before the general election

Unfortunately for George Osborne, there is an inescapable truth that he has failed the tests he set for himself in June 2010. He has failed to deal with the deficit, he lost our credit rating, and debt is barely falling, and he’s added £200billion to our nation’s debt. Despite the most severe cuts to Wirral seen in generations, he has failed in the objective he set himself.

George Osborne sounded triumphalist when he was delivering his budget speech with claims that people are better off, but I know families living on the Wirral will find such claims hard to understand.

Wirral Council has had to respond to the deep cuts imposed on their budget so when George Osborne makes overblown claims about a northern powerhouse, he doesn’t mention the cuts he has inflicted across the North West of England on local authorities.

Instead, Labour will close the budget gap in the right way. We will make the right investments – on infrastructure and education – that protect our country’s future.

And we will help parents by increasing free childcare for three and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours. We’ll also increase the minimum wage, cut tuition fees, end the bedroom tax and end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts.

And given that the NHS is something that matters so much to my constituents, I was surprised not to hear plans for the NHS in this year’s budget.

Labour have already pledged investment to save and transform our NHS. We will invest in a £2.5 billion a year Time to Care Fund which will pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and a guarantee of cancer tests in one week.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

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