Budget 2015 for ‘those who have already got’ says West Ham MP Lyn Brown
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George Osborne only delivered things to “those who have already got” in his Budget speech yesterday, according to West Ham MP Lyn Brown.
Speaking just 50 days before the General Election, the chancellor urged voters to reject the “chaos” Labour’s spending would bring and stick with a party delivering economic security.
The Tory minister outlined a range of measures including a new help-to-buy ISA for first-time home-buyers, a penny off a pint of beer in duty and the introduction of a personal saving allowance.
But Miss Brown believes the money is not going where it should.
“This is a budget giving to people who have already got,” she said.
“A budget by a government with a record of deep unfairness and economic failure.
“A budget to be remembered by its shameful 20p increase in the minimum wage instead of the 50p promised in November.”
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A planned fuel duty increase for September was scrapped while annual paper tax return was fully abolished, in favour of digital alternatives.
And although Mr Osborne told parliament that living standards have risen over the past five years, the Labour MP insisted otherwise.
“Despite the smug complacency of the chancellor, on average working people are £1,600 worse off now than in 2010,” she added.
“There will be massive cuts to public services and the struggling NHS will not escape as no new money was announced for it’.