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“Austerity Has Failed. Enough Is Enough” Says Alex Mayer MEP

East of England MEP Alex Mayer has blasted the Chancellor Philip Hammond for failing to provide a budget that will support vulnerable people and pay public sector workers fairly.

Despite claims that the public sector pay cap will be lifted, The Chancellor today neglected to provide any guarantee to public sector workers, provoking criticism from the Labour benches, and anger from public sector unions.

According to the Labour Party’s data, NHS staff are 14% worse off today in real terms pay than in 2010.

Ms. Mayer said: “Despite friendly sounding words, the Chancellor has once again refused to give public sector workers like nurses and teachers a proper pay rise.

"The Chancellor talks about “recruitment and retention” for public sector workers, but with flatlining wages, rapidly increasing energy bills and housing costs and their decision to scrap student nurse bursaries, he cant be serious about supporting workers at all.

"The Tories have told us time and time again that austerity is a bitter pill to reduce the deficit but have missed their targets year on year alongside giving away handouts to the richest.

"The only thing that austerity has worked to do is to make peoples lives harder, starve our public services, and threaten jobs. Austerity has been a failure by its own selfish standards. It is time to say enough is enough.”

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