Budget will do little to help Sunderland’s most vulnerable, says community worker

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THE Budget will do little to help the most vulnerable people in society, a Wearside charity worker has warned.

Jen McKevitt, of Hendon-based Back on the Map, said continuing austerity would hit those who were most at risk, regardless of which political party was in power.

“There is no mention of investment in the NHS or in public services,” she said.

“The cuts in welfare benefits and the loss of public services does impact on a lot of people.

“Austerity is hitting the people who have the least the hardest.”

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott described yesterday’s announcement as ‘a missed opportunity.’

Mr Osborne’s vision of a ‘Northern powerhouse’ to drive economic regeneration outside the South East had excluded large areas of the region.

“He seems to think ‘the North’ is Manchester – he does not mention Tyne and Wear, he certainly does not mention Sunderland,” she said.

“He mentions most of the rest of the country, but misses us out.”