This government was elected on big promises that it would do right by people, so what’s gone wrong?
You’ll remember, they were going to get Brexit done and level up our communities so that everyone could get on in life. We’ve now left the EU which means we should have £350 million per week extra to spend on our NHS. That works out at £18.2 billion per year.
So why on earth is the government, especially as household bills go through the roof, now telling us they need to have £14 billion for the NHS which must come from increased national insurance charges on ordinary working people?
Has the government got its sums wrong or should we be sceptical about the promises?
There was a time when the Tories used to claim to be the party of pensioners but recent research reveals that 500,000 more pensioners are about to be pushed into poverty because of decisions taken by this government. The state pension will increase by 3.1% in April but that’s half the inflation rate being forecast by the Bank of England. It amounts to a pension cut.
That’s the very thing the triple lock, which they promised to maintain and have now ditched, was supposed to prevent. Estimates suggest a single pensioner can expect to be more than £200 per year worse off and a couple around £350 and that’s before we factor in extra gas and electric bills and the ludicrous energy loan the Chancellor is going to force on you.
At the other end of the scale, changes to student loans mean graduates must now find an extra £400 to pay back on top of money for their pensions and tax and increased national insurance. How these young people are supposed to save for a home and be able to start a family is beyond me.
We are entitled to some honest explanations about what’s going on. Is it too much to expect from this Prime Minister?