Budget leaves questions for North West
THE UK's Chancellor misses an opportunity to
help North West workers and leaves questions rather than answers to the problems
faced. Commenting on the Budget set out by the Chancellor.
TUC Regional Secretary for the North West Lynn Collins said:- "The
announcements by the Chancellor will leave workers across the Region asking more
questions than they answer. With workers set to be worth ₤800 a year less by
2021 than expected in the Budget in March 2017, the Chancellor has missed
an opportunity to take action; by giving low paid workers the boost they need,
and removing the restraints on public sector pay for all workers. We have seen
this week the impact that this squeeze has had on workers here in the North
West. Whilst we welcome the investment in Intra City transport infrastructure
for both Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region. But this isn't the West
East, Crossrail for the North that we need and want. The closest mention was off
WiFi on Trans Pennine Trains, hardly the game changing Budget we were promised.
We will be looking at what the Government is offering Greater Manchester for a
City Region based industrial strategy. Given our calls for an industrial
strategy that works for people and places, centred on great jobs, we will have a
lot to positively contribute."