Julie Elliott MP

Standing up for Sunderland Central

Budget brings little joy to Sunderland

I welcome the news that the Government has at last given a commitment to fund the replacement of the Metro’s failing rolling stock - something I have campaigned for with colleagues for many years.

23754794_1285673804909750_3372286260687606057_n.jpg

However, there was nothing in the Chancellor’s speech to address the underlying serious issues that Sunderland has with high unemployment, low wages and the impact of the enormous cuts this Government has inflicted on our people.

There was no mention of removing the public sector pay cap, which means our teachers, healthcare assistants and firefighters will continue to face a real terms pay cut.

The abolition of stamp duty for first time buyers up to £300,000 will not benefit people in Sunderland and the North East, where the average house price is £133,000.

Yet again this is putting more money into the South of England whilst inflicting more cuts to local authorities like Sunderland.

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.