York Central MP’s Reaction To Todays Spring Statement Announcement
Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer made his Spring Statement amidst political and economic turmoil. After 9 years in power, the Government are presiding over the weakest growth for six years, with manufacturing now in recession and the trade deficit over £10bn over the last quarter. This poor management of the economy has resulted in wages lower than they were 10 years ago, while household debt has reached an all-time high.
Successive Tory and Tory/LibDem budgets have resulted in our schools being underfunded, especially in York; our police cut by 20,000 officers nationally at a time when crime is soaring at 13% in York; and social security has been slashed, causing serious hardship for those on Universal Credit and other benefits.
Austerity has cost the economy £100bn, as vital preventative services have been slashed, and local Government has seen a £7.8bn funding gap. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 14 million people now live in poverty in the UK.
Rachael Maskell MP who made an intervention during the Spring Statement over the failure to address inequality in school funding says:
“Week by week I see people in my surgeries who are experiencing debt and real hardship. Each case can be traced back to a political choice made by either the Government or the Council leadership. Austerity has taken an immense toll on public services and the economy. The human cost on children, young people, women, older people and disabled people has been most marked. The evidence is clear, austerity continues to cause significant harm.”
“Today Labour has reiterated its commitment to invest in vital public services and our economy, to ensure there is a fairer distribution of resources across the UK, including to the North, which has missed out for a decade.
"While welcoming the Chancellor’s commitment to invest in free sanitary products in secondary schools, resources to tackle knife crime and steps to tackle late payments for small businesses, I was deeply disturbed by the lack of ambition in the Chancellor’s announcement on climate mitigation.
"We have a climate crisis. The Government are failing to recognise the extent of this crisis and I am sure that people across York, particularly young people will make it clear this Friday at the Climate Strike, that they will not give up fighting for our fragile planet until the Government starts taking climate and environmental issues seriously.”
York Central MP’s Reaction To Todays Spring Statement Announcement, 13th March 2019, 19:15 PM