Now I have the specific figures for how Haringey benefits from the LibDem manifesto pledges delivered by the Coalition for this new financial year:
- 84000 people are getting a £200 income tax cut – benefiting 23 million people across the country
- 2900 people (those on the lowest earnings) have been lifted out of paying income tax altogether, with more to come
- £625million extra has gone to our schools, aimed at the most disadvantaged pupils – rising to £2.5billion a year by 2015 (£4.5million to Haringey).
- 25500 pensioners have been given an extra £4.50 a week – and those retiring from today will be on average £15,000 better off over their retirement.
And yes – of course there are some really tough decisions that have been made – but these measures are progressive, improving the situation for those with the least, even in the face of the massive deficit left by Labour.