Monday, 25 September 2017 06:44

HAMMOND MUST USE VISIT TO SCOTLAND TO ‘COMMIT TO ENDING YEARS OF FAILED AUSTERITY

SNP Westminster Economy spokesperson Kirsty Blackman MP has said that the Chancellor must make clear that the November budget will commit to ‘end years of failed austerity.’

Kirsty Blackman’s comments come as Philip Hammond makes a day trip to Scotland and follow yet more reports at the weekend of internal conflicts and splits in the Tory government over Brexit.

Kirsty Blackman MP said:

“The Chancellor should use his day trip to Scotland to commit to ending the years of failed austerity and begin to invest extra money into the public sector rather than expect hard pressed public servants to continue to bear the cost of their failing and damaging policies – as they have done for years.

“The SNP Scottish Government has already committed to lift the 1% pay cap on public sector pay and the Chancellor must use his budget to follow suit. Public sector employees are essential to the delivery of the services that we all rely upon and at a time of rising inflation the 1% cap is no longer sustainable.

"Instead of ploughing on with more harmful austerity, Philip Hammond must commit to delivering a realistic plan to invest in public services, and grow the economy to boost jobs, incomes and living standards."

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