Commenting on the announcement of the government’s spending review Anna Turley, Labour’s & Co-operative candidate for Redcar said:
“Today’s spending round has failed on the most important test for the people of our area- action on jobs, growth and falling living standards. All we see is more cuts – a direct result of the government’s failed austerity programme – hitting those who are struggling to make ends meet even harder.
“Labour has urged David Cameron and George Osborne to heed the warnings of the International Monetary Fund which last month called on the Government to bring forward infrastructure investment right now. Cuts to public spending on infrastructure are having an impact. In total, the Tory-led Government has spent £5 billion less in capital investment in the last three years when compared to the plans inherited from Labour. Today we saw announcements of more investment in London and the south and nothing for us.
“In Teesside and North Yorkshire we need to get construction workers back to work repairing our broken roads, improving transport links and building the affordable homes we need. This action will create jobs now, make our economy stronger and give us a long-term return.
“The UK economy has been stagnating since this Government took office. This is now the slowest recovery for over 100 years with just 1.1 per cent growth since the 2010 Spending Review compared to the 6 per cent forecast at the time.
“Today’s announcements mean more misery for our lowest paid, no support for those who rely on public services and no hope for our young people in desperate need of a job.”