Bridgwater County Councillor attacks Budget “How long are we going to let this shambles continue!?”

Dave Loveridge
“Bridgwater is crucial to Labour success in the County elections” Cllr Dave Loveridge,Bridgwater North and Central

Dave Loveridge,Town and District Councillor  and Somerset County Councillor for Bridgwater North and Central , watched today’s budget with a deep sense of anger ” Yet again George Osborne has let the wealthy off by yet again cutting front line services. This means that the unemployed – by his doing- will suffer along with the low waged and part time workers. How long are we going to let this shambles continue? If either of the ruling parties win again at County Hall this May we know they will just continue  cutting services to the extreme.  We need to vote them out on May 2nd  and that vote this time has to be Labour. “

Councillor Loveridge has been in the minority at County Hall since the 1980’s apart from a short period when a larger Labour Group held the balance of power and could influence the decisions. “This was at a time when a Labour Government was actively building up support services such as Sure Start  and genuinely helping working people and families. Today the Tories and the Lib Dems are in it together and it’s time for a change. Eight years ago we had all 4 Bridgwater county seats, This year we plan to re-take them. Bridgwater is key to Labour influence on County and the swing is back with us since we took 14 of the 16 Town seats 2 years back at the most recent elections. So we can do it!”

‘Millionaires laughing all the way to the bank’

Dave supported Shadow Chancellor Ed Ball’s summary of todays budget. Mr Balls said “The message of George Osborne’s Budget today was clear: growth down, unemployment up, borrowing up and millionaires laughing all the way to the bank. This was a more of the same Budget from a downgraded Chancellor.”

“David Cameron and George Osborne’s economic plan is failing, but they cannot bring themselves to admit it. They have no clue how to get the economy moving and too many people in our country are paying the price.”

 Britain deserves better

The chancellors statement continued “Our economy is flatlining, unemployment is going up, prices are rising faster than wages, and the government is now set to borrow a staggering £245 billion more than they planned to pay for this economic failure.”

“We needed a bold and radical Budget today to kickstart our economy and help millions on low and middle incomes struggling with the cost of living.”

We needed a bank bonus tax to fund a jobs guarantee for young people, a new lower 10p starting rate of tax to ease the squeeze and investment to build 100,000 affordable homes and get construction workers back to work.”

Bridgwater holds the key for a Labour counter offensvie on May 2nd
Bridgwater holds the key for a Labour counter offensive on May 2nd

Millions struggle to get by day to day

“Instead in 16 days time 13,000 millionaires will get a tax cut worth an average £100,000, while millions struggle to get by day to day and face cuts to tax credits, child benefit and the bedroom tax.”

“We need change if we’re going to rebuild Britain, but David Cameron and George Osborne can’t deliver it. Today it is clearer than ever before that only a One Nation Labour Government can deliver the change our country needs to make the economy fairer and stronger and help people get on in life.”


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11 years ago

The Tories are destroying this country AGAIN.
It’s mind blowing how they are treating the poor and the disabled.
But, why did most Labour mp’s abstain in the “workfare” vote this week in the commons?
Only 40 defied the party’s advice and vote against it.
That made me sick, If Labour think that workfare is a good thing, then unfortunately I’m out.

Alexia Bartlett
Alexia Bartlett
11 years ago

Totally agree with Dave Loveridge. It’s an utter shambles. Once again, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Tax cuts for high earners, alongside reductions in Benefits? It’s mind-boggling lunacy!

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