2018's budget means more strain for our police, social care and schools.

Today’s Budget was yet another letdown by a Government that has seen our public services go to pieces due to the cuts they imposed.

Despite our police having suffered unprecedented cuts to numbers and resources since 2010, including the loss of 21,000 officers, all Philip Hammond could promise was another review, without a single extra penny for our overstretched forces dealing with rising demand.

While an extra £650m for creaking social care sounds welcome, it’s accompanied by a planned further cut of £1.3bn from council budgets – meaning the people who deliver the social care will still face a massive cut.

A one off payment to schools is a small sticking plaster over the damage done by years of underfunding. What teachers and headteachers I speak to say their schools are lacking isn’t “little extras” but essential equipment like pens and paper – and increasingly, the teachers themselves.

The story of this budget is a sprinkling of money here and there in an attempt to cover up the serious structural problems facing our economy without taking the necessary steps to repair them. The Tories can talk all they want about the end of austerity, but it’s only Labour with a plan to make our country more prosperous, safer and more equal.

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