On Wednesday George Osborne set out his latest spending review. I welcome the Chancellor’s U-turn on his decision to cut tax credits. It just goes to show the power of grassroots campaigning. However, beneath the smoke and mirrors of his headline announcements this statement offers nothing for residents across the Borough.
We have the highest unemployment rate across the Borough yet the Government has cut the Department for Business, which is responsible for adult education by £4.5 billion. This means people over the age of 18 will struggle to retrain to find more work.
We know the NHS is in trouble and the extra money he has pledged is just a drop in the ocean and will do little to address the problems our local health services face.
We already know that thanks to Government cuts our local Council’s adult social care services have been cut to the bone and his announcement to allow a 2% rise in Council Tax to pay for this will not go far enough in plugging the gap. I will continue to fight hard over the next five years to get a fair deal for the Borough.