Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered his budget today. It is a budget laden with failures...
Failure #1: Not enough money to tackle the funding crisis in the NHS
Philip Hammond has announced just £1.6bn of NHS funding for 2018-19, less than half the £4bn that NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and leading think tanks have said is needed.
Failure #2: No pay rise for public sector workers
Teachers and police officers will be left £3,000 worse off by 2020 due to the Chancellor's refusal to lift the public sector pay freeze.
Failure #3: New housing development is just £6 billion over five years
Far from the £15 billion promised by the Chancellor, the real figure for housing is closer to a much reduced £6 billion over the next 5 years.
Failure #4: No money to tackle period poverty in schools
Failure #5: No money for social care
Failure #6: No extra police funding
Today's budget statement by the Chancellor included no additional funding for the police in England and Wales despite crime rising and police numbers falling.
Failure #7: No changes to universal credit until January
The overall system is still not fit for purpose. It must be paused before even more of our most vulnerable citizens are made to suffer on the ideological anvil of this Conservative government.