Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe has dismissed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement as little more than a sticking plaster designed to cover up previous government blunders on the economy.
Steve has welcomed the abolition of letting fees which is a Labour policy that the Chancellor and Prime Minister have previously voted against but says allowing those on Universal Credit to keep an extra 2p in the £ on their earnings will have an almost negligible impact.
He says the real problem is that Tory policies are coming home to roost. Burglaries are up as police numbers fall as Labour predicted (there’s been a sharp rise in burglaries in Mr McCabe’s constituency) despite the Chancellor’s claim crime is falling. Real problems are rising hospital waiting times, a collapse in social care, the closure of schools and nurseries and working families unable to make ends meet. There was nothing in the Statement to address the crisis in social care affecting elderly people up and down the country.
Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) said:
“This is a sticking plaster Statement designed to cover previous blunders. It’s largely a series of re-announcements and it’s scraping the barrel when the chancellor claims saving Wentworth House is part of his credible fiscal plan.
“It’s all about sticking plaster, the problem is there’s not enough sticking plaster to go around and the real problems are getting worse. The Chancellor’s promises will do little to help the majority of people in my Selly Oak constituency.”