Budget bad for borough, claims MP

NORTH Tyneside MP Mary Glindon has hit out at chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s latest budget.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday, Mrs Glindon took issue with the chancellor’s assurance that his budget supports working families and those looking for work.

She said: “That was a bold statement to make, and, unfortunately, not one borne out by the rest of his speech.

“As the chancellor went on, I was thinking of my constituents – those working, the unemployed, families, pensioners, the disabled, young people and those in business – all of whom stood to lose or gain by the chancellor’s budget and all of whom had the same aspirations to do better, not just for themselves and their families but for their communities too.

“It was bad news from the start. The chancellor’s warning of further cuts in welfare of up to £10bn by 2016 simply means a further attack on some of my most vulnerable constituents, who, through no fault of their own, have to depend on welfare benefits.

“For most of them, there is no way out of their current situation, so this means that they will have to face further hardships.”

Mrs Glindon added that she had concerns about potential hardship faced by the elderly despite the largest ever increase in the basic state pension.

“That brings little joy to the pensioners in North Tyneside who, because of massive cuts in support to local government finance, will see among other things their rents go up by nine per cent,” she said.

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