Budget 2018: Welwyn Hatfield Labour parliamentary candidate's views
Welwyn Hatfield's Labour parliamentary candidate claims the Budget is a "broken promise" that's "full of half measures".
Following the Budget announcement by chancellor Philip Hammond on Monday, Welwyn Hatfield’s Labour parliamentary candidate Rosie Newbigging has deemed it a “broken promise”.
The Bedfordshire resident said: “It wasn’t long ago that Theresa May was telling us all that ‘austerity is over’ while dancing across the stage at the Conservative Party conference.
“Well, it’s clear that this is a broken promises budget that’s full of half measures, from a failed Tory government.”
The mum-of-one said the “misery of austerity grinds on” with 14 million people living in poverty, one million people forced to use foodbanks, a steep rise in homelessness and essential public services cut to the bone.
She deemed the extra £20.5 billion and the extra £2 billion a year for mental health services “nowhere near enough”.
Rosie said: “It’s nowhere near enough to plug the massive funding gap created by real terms cuts year on year resulting in the longest waiting times for A&E and cancer treatment since records began.
“Over four million people are on waiting lists for treatment in England.
“The relentless attack on the social care system, which is at breaking point, will not go away.
“This budget only gives a pitiful amount to social care despite the desperate levels of need among elderly people, people with disabilities and children’s services.”
She also insisted that there was “nothing extra” for everyday policing and criticised the Conservatives for pumping more money into the “costly and callous” Universal Credit system.
Rosie added: “The Universal Credit system is causing real suffering right here in Welwyn Hatfield.”
She claimed that school cuts will continue to bite with “derisory sums” in the budget averaging £10,000 for primary schools and £50,000 for secondary schools.
She said: “For schools like Onslow in Hatfield facing cuts of nearly £500 per pupil by 2020, the Tory sums are an insult.
“Over 400,000 primary school children are in super-sized classes and there are over 24,000 children with unqualified teachers working in state schools.”
On Monday Rosie attended a “crisis meeting” with local parents, school governors and some councillors who have set up a community based campaign ‘Stop Education Cuts in Welwyn Hatfield’.
She added: “We refuse to allow yet another generation of children have their futures stolen by a failed Tory government.
“Conservatives like Grant Shapps will be quick to tout this as a ‘great’ budget, when in reality it does nothing to recognise the scale of emergency in our public services – or the burden shouldered by the many for so long.
“Eight years of Tory austerity has created a broken Britain with a massive gap between rich and poor and hard working families under intense pressure as witnessed by the rapid rise in the numbers living in poverty who are working.
“It is time to give Grant Shapps and the rest of this cruel and heartless Tory government their P45s.
“We urgently need a Labour government to rebuild our country and deliver for the many, not just the wealthy few.
“I am ready to be your MP and play my part in creating a fair and decent society that creates an economy that works for us all and public services that meet all our needs.
“Society is judged on how it treats it most vulnerable members. Only Labour can deliver.”