Ellesmere Port MP blasts out of touch budget

Andrew Miller branded budget package 'out of touch with hardworking people'

Ian Cooper
Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller

Chancellor George Osborne’s budget is out of touch according to Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller.

He bluntly branded the package ‘out of touch with hardworking people’.

He added: “It does nothing to tackle the nothing to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

“After three years of flatlining it's good we've finally got some growth but working people are still getting worse off month by month and the Government’s flagship ‘Office of Budget Responsibility’ has confirmed that people will still be worse off in 2015 than they were in 2010, despite the Tories’ positive spin on things.

“We need a recovery for the many, not just a few at the top.

“If we really are ‘all in this together’ how come the top rate of tax for people earning over £150,000 has been cut, while everyone else is worse off?

“Average wages are down £1,600 a year since David Cameron became Prime Minister and while the personal allowance may have been increased, the 24 tax rises introduced by George Osborne, including the VAT hike, the bedroom tax and the ‘granny tax’ more than take that into account!

“As chair of the science and technology committee, I do welcome the good news for science in the budget.

“Funding for the new ‘Alan Turing Institute’ which will look at advanced data analysis will help business, investment in a ‘Cell Therapy’ manufacturing centre will enhance research and development and additional ‘centres for doctoral training’ will benefit new technologies and postgraduate students.

“However, despite George Osborne boasting about a ‘march of the makers’, manufacturing, construction, infrastructure investment are all down, exports are falling not rising, so many businesses are worse off than they were in 2010.”

 

 
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