Budget fails to meet the challenges we face

Ruth Smeeth MP has said the chancellor has no post-Brexit economic plan for Stoke-on-Trent

Ruth welcomed the chancellor’s announcement of a further £2 billion for health and social care but said that the sums were ‘too little too late’ and would not address the challenges our local NHS faces.

Ruth said: “Our health and social care system is crying out for investment so any further funding is welcome. But when our local hospital trust is facing a £100 million deficit, the investment announced today is a drop in the ocean. 

“The Tories are tinkering around the edges of a health and social care system in crisis.”

“Our social care system is facing a £4.6 billion black hole. This is too little too late after years of chronic underfunding of our NHS.”

And she raised concern that the Government’s ‘small and unimaginative’ budget fails to step up to the challenges the country faces. 

 Ruth said: “The glaring hole in this budget is clear: there is no plan for how Stoke-on-Trent can best benefit from Brexit.

“Our city needs proper investment in schools, skills and infrastructure. But the chancellor is choking the life out of the public education system while pouring £320 million into free schools.

 “Schools in my own constituency are losing an average of £400 per pupil and our childrens’ centres are facing closure. How can we expect to train our young people for the jobs of tomorrow when their opportunities are being taken from them today?”