It’s Up the Poll! 2015: Tameside’s Budget Statement

East of the M60 looks at the first full-fat Conservative budget since November 1996

B&M Bargains, Bow Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Outlook: continued austerity for the borough’s citizens and a boost for Tameside’s discount stores. Seen in early 2015 (photographed with a £10 digital camera) is Ashton’s branch of B&M Bargains on Bow Street.

Six weeks into Britain’s first majority Conservative government since 1997, it was business as usual for Chancellor George Osborne as he delivered his first budget of the 2015 – 20 parliament. By business as usual, we mean the driving down of public sector wages and working-age benefits.
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