In usual times Parliament would be looking towards an autumn budget but these are not usual times. The expected economic fall out from Brexit means the Chancellor has yet to set a date for his Statement. There is however no shortage of advice. Many constituents have contacted me about an Amazon Tax to make sure big companies pay their fair share of tax or in some cases any tax at all.
After ten years of austerity public services and public servants are feeling the pinch. Unison, the public service union, came to Parliament last week to highlight their Save Our Public Services campaign. The union surveyed thousands of members across the country, including here in North Tyneside. Their conclusions are stark, that Councils are at breaking point. The model for funding local authorities they say is broken. Little wonder that councils like Northamptonshire and Somerset are in deep financial trouble.
The public servants surveyed here in North Tyneside are stark in their assessment. The biggest challenges they say are in Adult Social Care, safeguarding young people and children’s services closures. Almost two thirds of staff say say they work beyond their contracted hours and only a quarter say their workload is manageable. Despite all the best efforts of many Council leaders the simple truth is that cuts from central Government are taking their toll. The Chancellor has an opportunity to start to put that right, whenever the Budget comes.