Rishi Sunak’s #Budget this week was a missed opportunity for real action on two of the biggest challenges facing our society – climate change and the wellbeing crisis.
What we needed from this Budget was massive investment in people, in green jobs, and in care, so that we can have a sustainable and decarbonised economy that prioritises public health and wellbeing. This kind of investment in people and environment was possible, and yet the Chancellor chose to prioritise flying and champagne.
As I told EDP 24, there was a really limited amount in the Budget for people in Norwich who I know from my caseload are struggling – struggling financially and who could fall into debt, facing evictions after the pandemic, and people having to re-mortgage their homes.
What the Chancellor had to offer people who are struggling at this difficult time was rhetoric instead of action. For example, a big deal was made of changes to the Universal Credit taper rate, and yet this will only replace just over half the £20 cut made this month.
There was no fix for the ailing social care system and nothing for the climate emergency. What message has the Chancellor sent to the world by cutting air passenger duty while the UK is hosting #COP26?
I won’t say I’m disappointed because that would suggest I expected more.
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