In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer, Caerphilly’s Labour MP Wayne David talks about the Budget.
- Caerphilly MP Wayne David.
I am writing this blog having just left the Chamber in the House of Commons after listening to George Osborne’s Budget Statement.
My first reaction is that the Budget is a bit of a non event. Much of the Budget had been leaked beforehand and it was overshadowed by the previous day’s news that inflation had reached 4.4 percent and economic growth figures had been downgraded.
I guess that there will be a sigh of relief from many people that the Chancellor is knocking off one pence on a litre of fuel and is not going to implement the planned increase in duty. That is to be welcomed, but let’s not forget the Tories increased VAT in January and that has led to an extra three pence a litre on fuel.
Unfortunately, this Budget has done little if anything to help ordinary families. And we must remember of course that there are huge public spending cuts in the pipeline which have yet to be felt.
The other day the parents of Jordan Owen visited one of my constituency surgeries. They pointed out that their deaf and blind son was soon to lose the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance. At present Jordan attends the excellent Trinity Fields Special School in Ystrad Mynach, but soon he will need to move to a residential care home, probably in England.
At the moment Jordan is in receipt of the mobility component, but the Government is planning to stop this for people who live in residential homes. David Cameron believes that as patients in hospital do not receive the mobility component, then neither should people in residential care.
I believe that this is completely wrong. Whereas patients in hospital clearly do not need this extra allowance, people in residential care, like Jordan, should not be made “prisoners” in their care homes. His family should have the means to visit him regularly and take him out into the wider community.
This is what the cuts mean in practise. Under the Tories it is ordinary people and the disadvantaged who are suffering the most. We are not all in this together!
Labour MP for Caerphilly