Caroline Flint’s response to George Osborne’s cuts programme: “The £6billion cuts means jobs losses and less support for businesses in South Yorkshire” says Caroline.
“Osborne and Laws don’t want to face the awkward questions about the impact of these cuts so they have announced it in a press conference before Parliament convened. In their new politics they are more concerned to report to City of London traders and stockbrokers than to report to Parliament. It has taken ten days to forget who elected them to parliament.”
“This announcement of huge cuts: £1.1billion from local government, £683 million from transport projects and cuts in funding used by Yorkshire Forward, our regional development agency, to support business growth will be another blow in the wake of a serious recession.
“The ending of the Future Jobs Fund, which created 185 jobs for young people in Doncaster just last year, is another dent in the prospects of young people.”
“Osborne and Laws have also made clear that families can expect less from a Con-Dem Government. Over 5,000 children in Don Valley received Child Trust Fund vouchers, but the new Government will be scrapping this by the end of the year. And SureStart and school budgets will be hit next year. This is the last thing families in Don Valley need.”
On the Queen’s Speech, Caroline said: “The message from the Coalition is that we should expect less help from Government. The Freedoms Bill will restrict the DNA database, meaning freedom for many serious criminals who would otherwise be caught. Scaling back CCTV will make our streets less safe. After better CCTV and policing have brought crime down year after year in Doncaster, this Freedoms Bill is just a criminals’ charter.”