Corbyn: Budget shows austerity pledge a 'broken promise'

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter
Austerity again dominated exchanges at Prime Minister's Questions, with Jeremy Corbyn claiming Theresa May's pledge to end it is a "broken promise" in the wake of the budget.
The Labour leader told MPs that rather than ending years of financial restraint, the government will inflict a further €4.1bn of cuts to non-protected departments.
Mr Corbyn turned his fire on Chancellor Philip Hammond's €400m promise to help schools purchase the "little extras" they need, saying this would not stop headteachers writing "begging letters" to parents.The PM said per pupil funding is being protected in real terms.And she sought to pile the pressure on Labour over the party's stance on tax cuts, asking if Mr Corbyn shared the view of shadow chancellor John McDonnell.Mr McDonnell told Sky News earlier this week that he was not against raising income tax thresholds, a move that will disproportionately benefit the wealthy.Criticised by Mr Corbyn for choosing a "tax cut for higher earners" rather than ending a benefit freeze, she replied: "On Monday, he said cutting taxes for 32 million people was frittering money away on ideological tax cuts.
Corbyn: Budget shows austerity pledge a 'broken promise'

The PM said support for public services, growth and wages were all 'up'
"Yesterday, the shadow chancellor said Labour would support the tax cuts."Austerity - and whether or not it is indeed over - has come to dominate exchanges at the despatch box in the wake of Mrs May's Tory conference declaration that the end of it was in sight.And on this particular Wednesday it was no different.Mr Corbyn claimed prison governors, council chief executives and headteachers would "struggle to find much to celebrate" in Monday's budget.The Labour leader asked: "I would be preparing for more difficult years ahead, does the prime minister think that analysis is wrong?"
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