Meg Hillier warned people in Hackney they face “more hidden pain” after George Osborne delivered a budget which she claimed underlined the government’s neglect of “people at the rung of the ladder”.
In what he termed “a budget for the next generation”, Chancellor George Osborne announced a sugar tax on soft drinks to help tackle child obesity and confirmed that every secondary school in the country will become an academy.
These education reforms were met with a chorus of criticism from opposition MPs, with Mrs Hillier accusing the chancellor of adopting a simplistic approach to improving education.
“We’re no stranger to academies”, she said. “With the huge work by Hackney heads and teachers we see now our schools among the very best in the country.
“But in spite of our embracing of academies among other school models, academies are no simple solution.”
How does the budget affect Hackney?
Ms Hillier’s criticism of the budget was echoed by fellow Hackney MP Diane Abbott, who told Hackney Post that George Osborne was “trying to pull the wool over our eyes” with a series of “risible” claims.
She said: “The Chancellor’s latest budget paints a rosy picture but this couldn’t be further from the truth for Hackney.”
Against a backdrop of “a cocktail of risks” across the world economy, Mr Osborne claimed in his budget speech that the Conservatives’ economic plan had left the country “among the best prepared for whatever challenges lie ahead”.
He said that Britain was on course to grow faster this year than any other advanced economy in the world, but admitted that economic growth was expected to be lower than first forecast.
The chancellor also cut business rates, capital gains and corporation tax, while the income tax personal allowance will rise from its current level of £10,600 to £11,500 next year.
The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, said the budget had “unfairness at its very core”.
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