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This Budget offers only a short-term sticking plaster to stave off catastrophic collapse in social care

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Social Care, responding to the Budget, said “This short-sighted Government, for the fifth year running, has offered only a short-term sticking plaster to stave off catastrophic collapse in social care, not the long-term funding the social care system desperately needs.

“Because of the repeated hammer blows by this Tory Government to council budgets, publicly-funded care is hanging by a thread, with this money coming nowhere near to meeting the £1.5bn funding gap for this year, and money for next year being shared with children’s services.

“Piecemeal funding such as this is not enough. Labour would invest an additional £8 billion over the course of this Parliament to ease the current social care crisis before moving to a sustainably-funded National Care Service for the long term.”

It is utterly insulting to parents and teachers for the Chancellor to talk about “little extras” when school budgets have been cut by billions

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the Chancellor’s announcement of “little extras” for schools in his Budget speech, said“It is utterly insulting to parents and teachers for the Chancellor to talk about “little extras” when school budgets have been cut by billions and head-teachers are begging parents for money for basic supplies like books and stationery.

“The amount he has offered is barely a tenth of the £3.5 billion that the Tories have cut from capital funding year on year, leaving thousands of children in leaking and crumbling classrooms.

“Even worse, the Chancellor offered just a handful of councils less than a million pounds a year each in long-term funding for children’s services which are at breaking point, and not a single penny for Further Education or Adult Education, even as spending on skills has halved.”

 

We now have it confirmed that the pledge to end austerity was a broken promise, like the whole budget

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Budget, said“We now have it confirmed that the pledge to end austerity was a broken promise, like the whole budget.

“It is now clear austerity is not over, the cuts to social security will continue and Philip Hammond gave no assurances that departments won’t face further cuts.

“Eight years of destructive austerity has damaged our economy, damaged people’s incomes and damaged our essential services. There is nothing in today’s budget to repair the damage to schools, the police and local councils.

“The money promised for Universal Credit is less than a third of the £7bn of social security cuts still to come and today’s announcement on work allowances reverses just over half the cuts made in 2015.

“While hitting those most vulnerable in our society, the Tories will have handed out £110bn in corporate tax giveaways by the end of this Parliament.

“This is immoral and Labour will end this unfairness, end austerity and rebuild Britain for the many, not the few.”