No better off in this budget
NHS funding in the next parliament; their sums just don’t add up without extreme spending cuts.
In south Manchester we know how hard the last five years have been. We can’t afford five more years of the same.
But the Independent Office for Budget Responsibility says the Chancellor’s budget plans mean ‘a much sharper squeeze on real spending in 2016/17 and 2017/18 than anything seen over the last five years’.
And what about the Lib Dems? They have backed the Tories all the way. The election remains a choice between a Tory plan which is failing working families, and Labour’s better plan which will put working families first.
Our better plan will raise living standards by increasing the minimum wage, offering 25 hours free childcare to working parents, and capping energy bills until 2017.
We’ll save and transform our NHS with a 2.5bn a year Time To Care fund which will pay for 20,000 nurses, 8,000 GPs and a guarantee of cancer tests in one week.
We’ll back the next generation with more apprenticeships and a job guarantee for the long term unemployed.
A vote for anyone else will allow George Osborne to finish his plan; to cut public services and shrink the state using the excuse of austerity - and leave the rest of us to pick up the bill.