March 24, 2015

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In his budget, George Osborne forgot to say that his plans include further cuts in services. 

Sefton has already had £195 per person cut from its budget by the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. 
In Liverpool it's £392 per person. 
Yet those same Conservatives and their Lib Dem allies will cut public spending by nearly as much again next year as in the last five years and then be as much again the year after that.

We have already seen huge pressures on council, police, fire and health services as a result of the cuts. 
If Osborne and his Lib Dem friends carry out their plans, the crisis in our NHS will threaten the existence of our health service. 
The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies has analysed the budget and says that the cuts planned by the Conservatives will only be possible if there are further cuts to our NHS and also an increase in VAT.

And sadly, the budget announced by George Osborne did not mention the need to raise living standards. 
Where was the announcement in the Budget about the exploitation of those on zero hours contracts, those paid less than the minimum wage, like thousands of care workers who look after the most vulnerable in our society? 
Low pay is a scourge for many in Maghull, Formby, Crosby, Aintree and Melling, where a third of people in work are paid less than a living wage yet we heard nothing from the Tories or Lib Dems in the budget about help to raise pay to a decent level.

Britain succeeds when working people succeed, and we can ensure success for the majority by having policies that help ordinary working people. 
We need to end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts, encourage living wage employers and have a proper rise in the minimum wage, which has stood still for the last five years. 
The 20p rise offered last week simply does not go far enough.

We need a change of approach. We need to see a better plan — a plan for the many, not the few; a plan that raises living standards, looks after pensioners, makes sure that businesses of all sizes can thrive, and ensures a decent society for us all. 
That is why we need a Labour Government to be elected on 7 May.

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