By Rachael Grealish
The Labour Leader has responded to the government’s Budget announcements, calling it a ‘quick fix’.
The Budget was announced today, Wednesday March 3, by the Chancellor of the Exchequer where a ‘Super Deduction’ tax, furlough extension and infrastructure investment were the main focus.
The key points of The Budget can be viewed here.
Sir Keir Starmer said the budget ‘papered over the cracks rather than rebuilding the foundations’.
He warned the budget won’t feel good for millions of key workers having their pay frozen – as the only investment to this industry mentioned was the £1.6 billion going in to the COVID vaccine rollout.
“We heard nothing about a long-term plan to fix social care,” he told the Commons.
The leader of the opposition said as a result of Sunak’s decisions in recent months, we as a country have suffered ‘deeper economic damage and much worse outcomes’.
He said: “The chancellor barely mentioned inequality, let alone tried to address it.”
Referencing the extension of the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift Sir Keir claimed Sunak was ‘dragged kicking and screaming’ to extend the scheme.
“If this budget was serious about rebuilding our shattered economy, it would have included a credible plan to tackle unemployment,” he added.
Sir Keir also claims this budget stops short of what’s needed for the environment – and attacked the government for trying to continue with plans for the West Cumbrian Coal mine, which recently fell under controversy having had plans recalled by the County Council.