Rachael Maskell MP says:
“Today’s 5 year plan set out a path for creating greater inequality across our society. I am worried about the impact that this will have on cash strapped local authorities and those from the poorest communities. We have seen a shift in responsibility and risk, but this is not matched by a shift in resources."
“The overall economic picture remains unstable, with national debt remaining high at 82.5% of GDP while personal debt has climbed to an all-time high of nearly £2tr. The cuts brought in under the last government have not delivered the economy growth we were promised, and while more people may be in low waged, minimum hour jobs, York has yet to see solid economic growth. The continued lack of a comprehensive industrial strategy continues to put economic recovery at risk.
“I will continue to speak up for services and businesses across our city to ensure that the successful campaigns on tax credits and the police funding cuts which I have run, make the government stop and think again.”
The Chancellor announced yesterday his settlement for the country for the next 5 years in his Autumn Statement. Labour MP, Rachael Maskell, welcomed the Chancellor’s u-turn on tax credits. The York Central MP has campaigned tirelessly to keep tax credits since the summer.
Ms Maskell is hopeful that York Central will be one of the Enterprize Zones announced in the statement but is seriously concerned about the future financial settlement for York. Learning that in the future Councils will have to raise their own revenue, when their budgets have already been significantly cut will not only see a rise in inequality across the country, but will put even more pressure on vital local services. Yet again we have seen the south of the country gaining at the expense of the north. Ms Maskell is also concerned that the Chancellor failed to mention a new Mental Health Hospital for York, while announcing new hospitals elsewhere. She has already written to the Chancellor to challenge this.
After putting pressure on the government about the proposed cuts to policing, the MP is pleased that the government have said that freezing the police budget, at a time when crime in the area is rising, will put further pressure on police resources in York.