Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, says the Chancellor’s Spring Statement does nothing to solve the growing crisis in public services.
At 12:30pm today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, delivered his first Spring Financial Statement in the House of Commons, in which no tax changes or budget announcements were made. Mr Hammond made predictions on the future of the economy, while failing to reference the ongoing crisis in the NHS and other public services.
Mr Zeichner said: “This statement was an insult to those doctors, nurses, teachers, cooks, cleaners and all public sector workerswho continue to deliver for Britain on lower budgets. The Chancellor of the Exchequer talked about a bright and positive future, but I want to know if he has been into a hospital or school recently which believes there is light at the end of the tunnel?”
“What more will it take for the Conservatives to understand that their ideological cuts are causing economic turmoil for many families across the country?“
“Just a couple of weeks ago Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG announced that they are facing a deficit of £48.2 million deficit, which was the result of the Prime Minister ignoring NHS England’s assessment of what would be needed this year. Today we heard nothing about the crisis facing the NHS.”