Responding to the Budget, Jack Dromey, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington, said:

“This Budget shows the Chancellor to be completely out of touch with the mounting problems facing working people in Birmingham. While supermarket shelves go empty, energy prices soar and the cost of petrol hits record levels, today the Chancellor handed a tax cut to bankers and cut alcohol duty on the price of champagne.

“The Chancellor had the gall to herald a ‘new age of optimism’ but it is working people who will pay the price for the choices he made today with a National Insurance tax rise and a Council Tax hike too around the corner.

“And yet again, the Government have talked big on ‘levelling up’, but they have still failed to deliver the much-needed funding to regenerate Erdington High Street. They have let down one of the most deprived communities in Britain.

“It doesn’t have to be like this. Labour would put working people first. We would tax fairly, spend wisely and turn our economy around by investing in well-paid, skilled work right here in the West Midlands.”

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