18 March 2015
Amelia Womack, deputy leader of The Green Party, has slammed the coalition’s final budget before the General Election.
She said: “This budget, which sees the Government pledge eye-watering cuts in welfare spending and generous handouts to fossil fuel firms, shows where ministers’ priorities really lie.”
Ms Womack, who has been the deputy leader of The Green Party since September last year, slammed the Government’s plans on climate change and the environment: “This needed to be a budget to put Britain on track to combat climate change but it’s nothing of the sort.
The Chancellor has cut tax for polluters, while failing to pledge any new investment for renewables. He’s paid lip service to Britain’s heavy industries and committed to spending billions of pounds on road building projects. That’s the politics of the past, and it simply won’t work for the future.”
Ms Womack went on to criticise the Government on their failure to address the poverty facing millions of Britons. She said: “Government ministers’ celebrations today fly in the face of the fact that millions in Britain are struggling to get by. Last year over 900,000 people needed emergency handouts to put food on their families’ tables. Tough benefits sanctions threaten the unemployed with destitution, and one in five workers still earns less than a Living Wage.
At this election the British people have a clear choice. Each of the other parties simply offers variations of austerity economics. The Green Party promise to invest in our economy, create jobs to build a life on and take the necessary steps so desperately required to combat climate change.”
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