A budget for those that ‘have’ but which ignores the ‘just about managing’
What the Chancellor has announced today is a budget that will not help the just about managing families, that are struggling at the end of each month to put food on their children’s table. Whilst I will always welcome an increase in the National Minimum Wage, it still falls short of the Living Wage Foundation’s level for the REAL Living Wage of £8.75 per hour. The Chancellor needed to go further.
I am appalled that the Chancellor chose to ignore social care altogether in his budget. We need a system that is fairly and fully funded, so people who have saved their whole lives don’t face the worry of whether they can pay for their care in older age. Local Authorities need support from Central Government to provide enough money to make sure our social care system doesn’t once again topple over, and add additional pressure on the NHS.
With only mathematics and ICT teaching mentioned in the budget, I would like to know what the Chancellor is going to do to support every school in my constituency who are set to lose out under the new funding formula. What the Chancellor forgot to mention, was the support needed for the teachers who are having to write home to parents asking them to pay for paper and pens.
Whilst scrapping stamp duty for first time buyers is a welcome move, it will only help those who have the ability to save or who have the support of the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’. Whilst the Chancellor puts a sticking plaster over the cracks in our society, he has failed to heal the wounds caused by failed austerity policies.
I’ve been named ‘Campaigner of the Week’ for a second time in The House magazine!
My campaign to drop VAT on community funded defibrillators would mean that for every five machines purchased, the sixth will be free.
As I shared with you last week, I have tabled an Early Day Motion and have written to the Chancellor to raise this issue ahead of the Budget next week.
I started a campaign to scrap VAT on community-purchased defibrillators after meeting Bill O’Brien, a constituent and volunteer community responder, at Honley Feast.
Since then, I have tabled an Early Day Motion on the issue (which 49 other parliamentarians have signed), asked a Written Question, and I have written to the Chancellor asking him to include this in the upcoming Budget.
30,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital environment every year. For every minute that passes without defibrillation the survival rate reduces by 10%. Community-purchased defibrillators cost 20% more than those bought by the NHS or local authorities due to VAT. This isn’t right and by changing the law it means every sixth one will be free.
I know there is a lot of public support for this, so I have launched an online petition so members of the public can show that they want the Chancellor to act in the budget to help save a life.
You can sign the petition using the following link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/…/scrap-vat-on-community-purch…