The Government have set out their spending plans for the next 12 months in their first Budget since the election. The Conservatives announced a number of measures to help the country deal with Coronavirus -and constituents should continue to follow the advice of medical experts – but they missed the opportunity to lift kids out of poverty, tackle climate change and regenerate our high streets.
Some of the measures announced in the Budget will help a hit to the Country’s economy as a result of Coronavirus but the Government need more specific changes to ensure families can make ends meet. The Government should abolish the two child limit, the five week wait on Universal Credit and put an extra £5 on child benefit to ensure people do not lose cash as a result of having to stay at home due to illness. Which is what Alison McGovern has been calling for in the Making Ends Meet Report.
The Tories missed another opportunity to save our environment. This Budget was not a green Budget and the Government could have done so much more to decarbonise our economy and stop the climate emergency. The UK needs to be doing more to lead on this issue.
The benefits of spending money trains and roads takes time to emerge. In the context of ten years of cuts to local authorities, new roads will do little to regenerate the northern town centres that desperately need investment. To that end, Alison McGovern will continue to fight for the Government to take urgent and immediate action to rebuild New Ferry town centre.