Even the right-wing Spectator magazine observes that Phillip Hammond, our Chancellor, "doesn’t have many big ideas," in this Budget, "just a selection of small ones." Those small ideas harm the majority of people striving for a better future. As the use of food banks increases, at least one in four workers in the West Midlands earn less than the Living Wage of £10 an hour. Under the new budget, working families will be less well off, on average, by £1400, annually. Almost a million workers remain on zero-hour contracts - contracts which a Labour government will scrap. Energy bills have increased under the Tories, whereas Labour proposes an energy price cap.
Equally out-of-touch is this government’s treatment of young people, single parents, the disabled and those hit by Universal Credit Cuts, including some of Shropshire's Tenant Farmers. In this county, with an ageing population, we are also concerned for older citizens, losing out across the UK from £6 billion cuts in Social Care by March 2018.
The letters page of local papers in Shropshire shows a growing shift in public mood away from the Tory slashing of services and austerity. The message expressed is a desperate need for a government who will invest in our communities, rather eroding and underfunding services, from hospitals to local transport to libraries. We have had enough. We are beginning to openly demand a new Government that will invest in communities and our country.