ACROSS the Wansbeck constituency and south east Northumberland, the budget was another dose of bad news delivered by an out of touch and failing coalition.
A budget which saw growth down, unemployment up, borrowing up and millionaires laughing. A budget, which did nothing to help the millions on low and middle incomes struggling with the cost of living. Prices are going up faster than wages, the economy is failing and nearly one million young people are out of work.
This week has seen the government give 13,000 people earning over £1m an average tax cut of £100,000.
Contrast this with ordinary families in Wansbeck who will be an average of £891 worse off as a result of changes.
A one earner family with children will be a staggering £4,000 worse off on average. And this is on top of the income squeeze we have seen over the last three years.
The coalition is making ordinary people pay the price for its economic failure.
Surely it is unfair to make millions of pensioners and working people worse off at a time when they are giving millionaires a huge tax cut?
It cannot be right that millions are being forced to pay more for economic failure through cuts to tax credits, child benefit, maternity pay and the introduction of the pernicious ‘bedroom tax’.
Additionally, some aren’t leaving the heating on as long as they’d like because utility bills have become too expensive whilst others are struggling with the rising cost of transport.
It is wrong ordinary people should see their living standards fall year after year, while millionaires get a tax cut.
The coalition government is clearly out of touch and is making the wrong choices for ordinary people in my constituency.