Saturday, 28 March 2015

More desperate unfunded spending from the Tories

The Tories won't deliver a 7-day a week NHS, they'll cut it

At the last election, David Cameron promised seven-day NHS services in his manifesto. Five years on, he's making the same promise again. Not only has he failed to deliver on that promise, he made it harder for people to get a GP appointment from Monday to Friday.

With the NHS in increasing financial distress, David Cameron must set out clearly how it will be paid for. His extreme plans for spending cuts will mean they won't be able to protect the NHS.

The NHS as we know it can't survive five more years of the Tories. David Cameron's plans are simply not credible without the extra staff the NHS needs so it has time to care. Labour will invest £2.5 billion extra each year from a mansion tax to recruit 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and guarantee appointments within 48 hours.

No-one will believe a word of the Tory promises on the NHS. They won't believe them because:
They promised seven-day NHS services before the last election and have broken their promise.
They've taken the NHS backwards, making it harder to see your GP and creating a crisis in A andE.
They have now got extreme spending plans to cut more in the next three years than the last five which means they can't protect the NHS.

The Tories record on the NHS is of broken promises, an A&E crisis, and people waiting to see their GP. They have proved the oldest truth in politics: You can't trust the Tories on the NHS.

The Tories' extreme plans to hit disabled people and carers

Documents leaked to the BBC show that the Tories are planning cuts to benefits including Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, Attendance Allowance and Carers' Allowance as part of their proposal to cut a total of £12 billion from welfare.

These plans to hit disabled people and carers were drawn up for Conservative ministers to deliver their extreme cuts plan.

The Tories now need to come clean about what cuts they plan to make and who will pay the price. If they are ruling out these extreme cuts for the most disabled and carers, then it is clear they will be hitting the tax credits, and support for children, for millions of working families.

Labour has a better plan to control the costs of social security, by tackling the root causes of spending in low pay and rising housing costs. We will raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour, promote a living wage, and get at least 200,000 homes built a year.

Massive drop in employers fined or imprisoned for employing illegal workers

The Tories have failed to tackle illegal immigration. Figures today show 45 per cent fewer employers being issued with fines and 88 per cent fewer facing prison sentences for employing illegal immigrants

The Government is deporting fewer illegal immigrants and seizing fewer illegal drugs. They are also letting more dodgy firms get away with breaking the rules for profit, employing people illegally and exploiting them to undercut local jobs and wages. It's unfair on everyone – the port authorities and border staff working hard to keep our country safe, responsible businesses who employ people on a fair wage and communities across the country as local jobs and wages are undercut.

Labour has a better plan. We will recruit an additional 1,000 border force staff – funded by introducing a small fee for non-visa visitors to the UK – to ensure immigration rules are enforced and the system is fair. We will also significantly increase fines for employing illegal immigrants, make exploitation a crime, and increase enforcement checks.