The Budget: Welwyn Hatfield reactions

PUBLISHED: 17:41 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:50 08 March 2017

The Budget was announced today

The Budget was announced today

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The Budget was met with fierce criticism in Welwyn Hatfield today – with many claiming it failed to address key issues.

The Chancellor Philip Hammond announced social care services in England would receive £2billion funding over the next three years, with £1billion available within the next year.

However, county councillor Colette Wyatt-Lowe, cabinet member for adult care and health, said although the increased funding was welcome, it will be “little more than a sticking plaster on the social care funding crisis”.

She added: “Like everywhere else in the country Hertfordshire’s health and social care system is coming under significant pressure at the moment.

“Core funding for adult social care has decreased at a time when we face the dual pressures of increased demand for services and an ageing population.”

Following recently announced business rate increases, several blow-softeners were also confirmed – including transitional relief packages for affected firms.

But chairman of the Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce, Nick Brown, claimed The Budget did not go far enough to address the soaring rates.

“At a local level, increasing transitional relief on our scandalous business rates, is a too little too late,” he said.

“Firms will still go bust, lives ruined, jobs and hopes crushed and communities destroyed, by people who are elected and paid to look after our communities.”

MEP for the East of England, Alex Mayer, also blasted the Chancellor, claiming he failed to provide a clear plan for working people after Brexit.

“Six million Brits still earn less than the living wage, yet the Government has repeatedly failed to tackle low pay or offer hope to those in insecure work,” he added.

“Today we saw a £50k Tory tax giveaway to the top 15 per cent of earners, and cash being spent on vanity projects like selective grammar schools.

“This is not a thought-out plan for a country on the brink.”

More reaction to follow.


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