Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake, is baffled by George Osborne’s budget, calling it vague and useless. He echoed Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron’s, criticism on the lack of detail and substance in a range of plans, from infrastructure spending through to education.
Tom said, “Aside from the sugar tax which I have been calling on the Government to implement for months, this budget is baffling. The Chancellor has simply created a short-term plan that patches up a few holes, but fails to do any meaningful work. Instead of creating a substantive plan that would leave residents better off in the long-run and provide the investment that is needed in our infrastructure, the Chancellor made cuts to vital spending in order to make himself look tougher.
“The Chancellor chose to duck the real issues in education, such as teacher recruitment and retention. He rejected Lib Dem calls for an increase in public sector pay which means less money for teachers who already feel undervalued and unappreciated.”
“This budget was an opportunity to boost our economy and help the UK compete internationally. Instead, much like a deflated balloon, the Chancellor’s announcements fell flat and we are left questioning if any work will actually be done.”