Gordon reacts to Chancellor's "failed" budget

Headshot.jpgGordon has given the following reaction to yesterday's Budget by the Tory Chancellor George Osborne.

He said: "It's crystal clear, as Jeremy Corbyn underlined in a confident response to what Osborne had said, that all the Chancellor's targets, including on debt, have failed and much of the pain of austerity he's inflicted on the people of Blackpool has been wasted.

"His big education announcement spending hundreds of millions of pounds on forcing all schools to become academies will do nothing to address the teacher shortages, cuts in pupil funding and the school places fiasco that Blackpool parents already writing to us about.

"His Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy which he boasted of in his speech to address the educational divide between towns like Blackpool and leafy areas in the South turns out to be just £20 million a year for the whole North of England. That's a Northern Peashooter, not a Northern Powerhouse. Meanwhile his failure to give any details on how his Apprenticeship Levy on businesses will work is alarming many, especially small businesses who worry they will get nothing from it. This will blight the chances of tens of thousands of young people in the North West if it's not clarified soon.

"Also slipped in by Osborne in his speech was the need to look for £3.5 billion more "efficiencies" to prop up his failed forecasts and deteriorating economic position. We already know that women who've borne about 80 per cent of the overall cuts, adult skills and learners who had 35 per cent of their Budgets cut, and thousands of disabled people in Blackpool will be worse off because the Government has cut their funding support. The details of that aren't spelt out either but the chilling words "efficiencies" means they could all be hit again.

"Some improvement in Small Business relief announced is welcome, but The Chancellor has done nothing to bring forward or tackle a revaluation of the unrealistic rateable values that are damaging and in some cases putting out of business scores of smaller shops, outlets and holiday providers across Blackpool."

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