Layla Moran

First Conservative Budget since 96 hits the poorest hardest

The Tories used to say we were in it together, but George Osborne's budget says one thing: “You’re on your own”.

Chancellor's Budget 2015


Amongst the gimmicks and giveaways, the Chancellor has hidden four more years of pain, austerity, and cuts.

As a direct result of the Conservative obsession with ideological cuts, thousands of public sector workers, families and young people face another four years struggling to get by.

If life is comfortable, if you have cash in the bank, if you have savings, or if you’re big business - the new Conservative budget made for a good day.

But if you’re starting out in life, struggling to support your family, struggling to get ahead, unable to work, things got a lot tougher.

The safety net is being torn apart

People who are sick and disabled, people struggling to get into work, young families, students, children from poorer families, and people who find themselves out of work through no fault of their own, are all going to find life more difficult.

One of the worst parts of Osborne's budget is to take away vital support from disabled jobseekers.

People with conditions like depression, schizophrenia and bi polar will face £1,500 a year less - a third of their weekly support. That money is designed to help them get well and get extra support in getting back into the workplace.

Taking it away from them won't help them find work, and it won't help them get on.

Working families hit very hard

The other group hit very hard by the budget changes are people in work but on low incomes. The changes to Tax Credits will mean many working families will lose out by far more than they will gain from the small rise in the minimum wage.


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