Brent Central MP Dawn Butler has condemned the Conservative government’s Spring Budget, announced on Wednesday, as it looks likely to impact on Brent Central residents the hardest.
Hidden in the budget were many announcements that will negatively affect Brent Central residents, many who are already struggling to get by, such as the 14,700 self-employed residents who will see a national insurance tax rise next year.
This means the Conservatives have now broken their 2015 election promise hitting all self-employed residents in my constituency with the tax rise. Many are businessmen, tradesmen and entrepreneurs who can little afford to take a further hit to their pay, these workers are the life and soul of Brent.
Our NHS and Social Care also faced very little help. Social Care received £2 billion, largely thanks to the constant pressure and campaigning from the Labour Party, but this still goes no way to filling the £5 billion black hole the Conservatives have left it in.
Additionally, there was nothing for the 6 million people earning less than a living wage or the four million children living in poverty. Statistics have now shown that real pay is now lower than levels before 2008 and living standards in the UK are the lowest they have been in 60 years.
Speaking shortly after the budget Dawn said:
This budget did not address the problems created by seven years of Tory failure. I know many of my constituents are really feeling the impact of this government.
I have residents and SMEs telling me at my weekly surgery that they can’t find secure and well paid jobs. They can’t get appointments with their GPs, our A&Es are overcrowded and our local services are closing down as they have lost funding. This government has pushed Brent and the country to breaking point and this budget had no answers to our calls for help.
Only under a Labour government can we deliver a fairer economy, demand a decent living wage for all and properly fund our health service ensuring it is pulled out of its current crisis.