Jim McGovern  condemns "out of touch budget"

20 March 2014

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has criticised the Chancellor’s budget as being out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Dundonians.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer today delivered his annual budget to the House of Commons.

Monthly unemployment statistics were also released which showed that for Dundee West constituency the number of people on Jobseekers Allowance rose by 26 in February 2014, compared to January 2014.

Jim McGovern said;

“The budget demonstrates that George Osborne and the government are completely out of step with ordinary people.”

“The people of Dundee tell me regularly what their concerns are; they want to see jobs created, better wages and action taken to tackle the spiralling cost of living.

"The planned changes in the budget will do very little to help most people.

"Yet again it is the very wealthy who are helped by this government.”

“The announcements made in the budget are small fry compared to the many challenges our country is facing.

"Since the Tory-led government came to power wages are on average down by £1,600 a year and energy bills are up by nearly £300 a year.

"That is a lot of money that the vast majority of people cannot afford to lose.”

“Youth unemployment in Dundee remains stubbornly high.

"This budget did nothing for them or for anyone else currently out of work.

"This is appallingly complacent; only today official statistics revealed that the number of people on Jobseekers Allowance in Dundee West increased during February this year compared with January.

"The recovery the Chancellor was boasting about today has not reached Dundee.

“The statistics from the Office of Budget responsibility demonstrated yet again that the SNP’s economic predictions are entirely fantastical.

"The predictions the separatists have made about North Sea oil, for example, have been found to be completely false.

"Attempting to separate Scotland from the UK based on a highly dubious economic prospectus is beyond reckless.

"I encourage the people of Dundee to look at this evidence and draw their own conclusions ahead of the vote in September. ”

“What Dundee and Scotland needs is a Labour government in power to tackle the problems that concern ordinary people.

"Labour will freeze energy prices and reform the market so that bills come down.

"We will introduce a jobs guarantee for the long term unemployed, and we will act to tackle the over-use of zero-hour contracts.

"Labour will introduce more and better apprenticeships for young people, and build 200,000 homes a year.

"As part of the United Kingdom Labour will put the whole country on to a firmer economic footing that will create jobs, increase wages, bring down bills and ensure a more sustainable long term recovery.” 

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