Alison McGovern MP has hit out at chancellor George Osborne’s budget as failing to address the needs of households in Merseyside, while threatening still faster and deeper cuts to local hospitals, schools, social care and councils.

Responding to the chancellor’s speech, Alison said: “In the Commons today, George Osborne sounded triumphalist, which I don’t think will please Wirral families. On average, they are more than £1,100 a year worse off than when this government came to power, they have seen services in the local area hit by cuts three times higher than the south east and huge growth in zero-hour contracts and low pay. This simply isn’t the budget that people need.

Given the huge pressures that our local NHS is under, after the worst winter for the health service in more than a decade, local people will have been astonished that in an hour-long speech, George Osborne didn’t mention the NHS once – nothing on the extra resources needed to increase the number of nurses, GPs and doctors and getting waiting times under control, just a promise of still faster, deeper cuts to social care placing still greater pressures on the NHS. Nothing on protecting education funding; nothing on making childcare more affordable.”People in Wirral need a Labour government and a Labour budget, that will provide the funding the NHS needs through a mansion tax, will give the parents of three and four year olds twenty-five hours free childcare, protect schools funding, increase the minimum wage, cut tuition fees, end the bedroom tax and end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts.

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