IW Greens challenge MP on budget claims

22 November 2017

Island Greens note that Bob Seely MP told Isle of Wight Radio this evening that he is 'very happy' about the budget and claims it is 'good for the Isle of Wight'.
 
We challenge that claim most strongly.
 
Last month, a number of island parents, teachers and children traveled to London to lobby Parliament to properly fund our schools. The budget failed to mention any further investment in our island schools - they are still facing a massive £3.4 million of cuts in the next 3 years.
 
Vix Lowthion, IW Greens, said "The budget says nothing about government further investment in renewable energy - most importantly for the island, nothing about solar or tidal power. Additional tax breaks given for oil and gas exploration - when there are licences granted at Arreton and Compton to drill for oil. And the chancellor announced £3 billion extra needed to fund Brexit - instead of going to our NHS and helping the most vulnerable in our community.
 
"By fully supporting such a budget our MP is increasingly demonstrating he is out of touch, out of time and out of his depth."