28th October 2018
Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget, Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brownsaid:
“This was largely a standstill Budget with some giveaways funded by statistical errors in the forecasts. It failed on 2 main tests:
- It is totally overshadowed by the threat of Brexit to the public finances. These costs could reach £80 billion a year if there is no deal with the EU. Even the Chancellor has found it necessary to squirrel away £15 billion towards paying for Brexit
- It doesn’t end austerity – that could only be done by raising taxes. As we know, schools, hospitals, council services are all under pressure – as are the wages and incomes of many families.
Liberal Democrats demand better than this. We needed a Budget that gave people fairer taxes and better public services, and a final say on the Brexit deal. Today, we got none of that with Philip Hammond’s ‘treading water” Budget”.