“People in St Helens North are used to Tory con tricks, and this budget is just the latest one.”
“The Chancellor has made much of his commitment to a Northern Powerhouse. But the government has cancelled work on the electrification of the railways and major infrastructure projects have stalled, while growth and wages in the North West lags behind other regions.
“It’s clear that the Tory idea of a Northern Powerhouse is little more than a ruse to pass the buck on cuts and pass the blame for decisions already made.
“The government also says it plans to increase the minimum wage, claiming it will introduce a new national living wage. But the same government is proposing to scrap tax credits which will affect millions of families. This sleight of hand won’t fool working parents in St Helens.
“I do, however, welcome the promise to scrap permanent non-dom status, as well as the commitment to defence spending remaining at 2% of GDP. As always, though, we need to wait and see whether the government’s actions match its words.”

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