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OPINION: West Ham MP Lyn Brown is cross the budget ignored those who need the help

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 March 2017

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For all Theresa May's fluff about helping those "just about managing," the chancellor showed he couldn't "just about manage" a budget that sticks to his party's own promises.

The government’s 2015 manifesto promised not to raise National Insurance contributions. Yet barely two years later, that promise has been broken.

It’s true, some corporate fat-cats earning mega bucks did use self-employment rules to get around paying their rightful share of tax. That needed to be dealt with, but Philip Hammond has hit far more than them alone.

This Tory chancellor broke his election promise to lots of people who don’t earn a fortune and are “just about managing:” self-employed hairdressers, taxi drivers, tradesmen and small businesses crucial to the economy. Anyone self-employed earning over £16,250 per year will be clobbered by the National Insurance rise.

It will affect us badly. West Ham has the highest number of self-employed people in the country: 21,600 in our community work for themselves.

But that’s not all. Tory mismanagement of our economy means another broken promise to people earning the National Minimum Wage. It should have risen to £9 an hour by 2020. Now the government have admitted that won’t happen, affecting very many Newham people and costing a two-child couple earning the National Living Wage, over £1,000-a-year by 2020.

Larger working families will be hit even harder. Low wage families in rented accommodation, with three children, where both parents work, will lose £3,240 every year, by 2021. The negative impact in Newham will be devastating, because so many families in work struggle on low wages against London’s high living costs.

The economic mess revealed by this budget is dreadful. Average incomes will be lower this decade than from 2000 to 2010. That last happened 210 years ago. The Tories have failed miserably to get the economy moving again after the recession, with no sign of improvement soon.

The papers already call the budget an omnishambles. The problems of Brexit and leaving the Common Market are still to bite. It’s time the Tories realised people are not “managing” any more; but, clearly, neither are they.

The government’s 2015 manifesto promised not to raise National Insurance contributions. Yet barely two years later, that promise has been broken.

It’s true, some corporate fat-cats earning mega bucks did use self-employment rules to get around paying their rightful share of tax. That needed to be dealt with, but Philip Hammond has hit far more than them alone.

This Tory chancellor broke his election promise to lots of people who don’t earn a fortune and are “just about managing:” self-employed hairdressers, taxi drivers, tradesmen and small businesses crucial to the economy. Anyone self-employed earning over £16,250 per year will be clobbered by the National Insurance rise.

It will affect us badly. West Ham has the highest number of self-employed people in the country: 21,600 in our community work for themselves.

But that’s not all. Tory mismanagement of our economy means another broken promise to people earning the National Minimum Wage. It should have risen to £9 an hour by 2020. Now the government have admitted that won’t happen, affecting very many Newham people and costing a two-child couple earning the National Living Wage, over £1,000-a-year by 2020.

Larger working families will be hit even harder. Low wage families in rented accommodation, with three children, where both parents work, will lose £3,240 every year, by 2021. The negative impact in Newham will be devastating, because so many families in work struggle on low wages against London’s high living costs.

The economic mess revealed by this budget is dreadful. Average incomes will be lower this decade than from 2000 to 2010. That last happened 210 years ago. The Tories have failed miserably to get the economy moving again after the recession, with no sign of improvement soon.

The papers already call the budget an omnishambles. The problems of Brexit and leaving the Common Market are still to bite. It’s time the Tories realised people are not “managing” any more; but, clearly, neither are they. More from Lyn

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