Labour is today warning that working families will end up paying the price of desperate Tory promises. A new audit of spending and tax commitments in the Conservative Party manifesto shows the Tories want to spend an additional £25 billion a year which they have not explained how they will pay for.
Cllr Mick Lerry said: “There is nothing more dangerous to the NHS than saying you will protect it, without being able to say where the money will come from .This is the equivalent of £1,439 a year for every working household in Britain”.
“This is the choice the Tories have made. And their track record reveals who will pay the price. Since 2010 they have hit working people hard – putting up VAT and cutting tax credits – while millionaires have been given a tax break. They have done it before. They will do it again,” says Mick.
Labour says ‘no additional borrowing’
In contrast, every commitment in Labour’s manifesto is fully funded with no additional borrowing.
Mick said: “the trouble is when David Cameron thinks that by saying “think of all the things we’ve done in the last five years” is a boast. But when people do think about the last five years, they remember a hike in VAT, the bedroom tax, a tax break for millionaires, food banks, a crisis in the NHS, tripling tuition fees, a cost-of-living crisis”.
Working people have paid the price of the last 5 years
The Conservative Party have not stood up and will not stand up for working families. It is working people who have paid the price of the last five years, with higher taxes and wages down £1,600.
“The Tory flaky election bribes from housing to childcare will leave working people paying the price in higher taxes. Their manifesto confirms that the Tories have £25 billion of promises which they have no way of paying for, while refusing to rule out extending VAT to areas such as food and children’s clothes. That means higher taxes for every working person in this country”, says Mick.
Labour is the only party of change and the party of responsibility with a fully funded manifesto that does not require any extra borrowing. The Conservative manifesto shows once again that working people can’t afford five more years of the Tories.
Cllr Mick Lerry – Leader of the Labour Group in Bridgwater and West Somerset
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset.