The Budget included an announcement on business rates retention in Greater Manchester – which has already been made Labour policy across the country.
The Office of Budget Responsibility says these Budget plans will mean “a much sharper squeeze on real spending in 2016/17 and 2017/18 than anything seen over the past five years” and “a sharp acceleration in the pace of implied real cuts to day-to-day spending on public services”.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“George Osborne spent an hour telling people they are better off and have never had it so good. But working people are £1,600 a year worse off after five years of the Tories.
“Our National Health Service is in crisis. But the Budget said nothing about the NHS. And the Tories today confirmed plans for extreme spending cuts in the three years after the election – which will put our NHS at risk.
“So the election remains a choice between a Tory plan which is failing working families and Labour’s better plan which will put working families first and save our NHS.”