Today (23 March), the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced his Budget as the Office of National Statistics said that inflation has risen to 6.2% the highest for 30 years and is expected to rise further in the coming months.
This was the Chancellors chance to show people that he and his government are really on the side of working people and instead he squandered it. It was absolutely essential that he scrapped the increase in National Insurance that’s coming next month and that he backed Labour’s one-off windfall tax on oil and gas producers’ profits. None of this was seen today, and the support offered is a drop in the ocean compared to the crisis facing families
The Chancellors announcement today will do nothing for many people in Sheffield. The Chancellor has, once again, failed to understand the scale of the challenge that many people face. He needed to stand up and really listen to the problems that people are facing. His actions will push more and more children and pensioners into poverty – a damning indictment of this government’s record.