budget 2015

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George Osborne's Summer Budget changed the course of future living standards for low income families. New analysis from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Loughborough University reveals the radical impact that the mix of wage rises, tax changes and welfare reform will have on people's ability to afford a decent standard of living.
The 'National Living Wage' - a top-up to the minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over - was the rabbit pulled from the Chancellor's Red Box at the Summer Budget back in July. But beyond the headline figures published alongside it, it was hard to be sure who the main beneficiaries would be. A new report by the Resolution Foundation breaks down just who is set to gain, where and by how much.
After the general election, it was announced that the trans-Pennine high speed rail route would be paused. This delays, perhaps indefinitely, the creation of the Northern Powerhouse. Such an announcement, within weeks of a Queen's speech in which the Powerhouse received some prominence, is, at best, unfortunate.
Given the huge policy shifts that the Conservatives committed to in their manifesto on housing, it comes as no surprise that they have moved very quickly in a wide range of areas. Unfortunately, much of their output ranges between policies that could be termed 'fiddling while the UK burns' through to the outright disastrous.
We are not talking about families going on expensive holidays, or buying the latest gadgets. We are simply talking about the basics - food on the table, clothes on your back and heat in the home.
The big talking points included a new national living wage, business tax reform and continued economic growth. However, those who were hoping the government would commit support to growing the UK's digital footprint were likely left disappointed - technology wasn't mentioned once during the hour long Budget speech.
Educational maintenance grants are just one measure that have helped unlock the doors of higher education for many - they provide the opportunity for every student to start on a near-equal footing. But this government has perniciously just swiped away that opportunity, and is going to destroy the aspirations of future generations.
When Labour MPs voted against the Budget this week our opposition was based on rejection of specific policies, when it is the fundamentals of the economy and terms of political debate we must challenge.
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