16 March 2016
"After George Osborne's first budget in 2010 we said he posed a 'serious risk' to our economy and we have been proved right. The Tories have failed even on their own terms and six years on are still pursuing cuts as a political choice rather than an economic necessity.
"No attempt at distraction with announcements on education and a sugar tax can disguise the reality that the Tories are damaging the economy for the vast majority of people while handing tax cuts to the wealthy and to businesses.
"Further cuts to civil service departments would be devastating, as tens of thousands of jobs are already under threat and hundreds of offices are earmarked for closure, hitting vital services from tax collection to our justice system."