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Budget 2015 - Your views

The budget last week set out what the current Coalition Government would do if they won the next General Election.

One or two bits of it I agreed with - like the commitment to finally include Hull companies in the scheme to give a grant to install super-fast broadband. This is a welcome boost for business and something I have been asking for since last year.

But on the whole I was struck by the difference between the picture painted by George Osborne and the picture I see every day when I am at my advice surgeries or out and about in Hull.

George Osborne said, "Now the facts show that that households on average will be about £900 better off in 2015 than they were in 2010—and immeasurably more secure".

But that is not the experience of many people here. And this matters because if you misunderstand the problem- then you will implement the wrong solution.

What people tell me is that it continues to be a struggle to make ends meet; that it's hard to get a job and that when you find one quite often there's no actual guaranteed income. The number of "zero hour contract" jobs as they are known has exploded under this Government. Last year the number of jobs without a guarantee of work grew 400,000 to 1.8 million.

That's hundreds of thousands of families, if not more, who simply don't know if they will be able to pay the rent or meet their next mortgage payment.

I doubt that these families will agree that they are better off or that they feel more secure.

What's your view? Do you agree with George Osborne - or do you think there is still some way to go before most people in Hull will feel that financially things have got a little easier?

Please fill in this quick survey to let me know your view, as I want to make sure I properly represent the views of Hull North people.

Best wishes


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