No bet­ter off in this bud­get

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - POLITICS -

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.

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