Michael Gutteridge, 37, is a team manager at the NHS and lives in South Shields.
After years of working in the public sector, he doesn’t see signs of change for the better in this year’s Budget.
The dad-of-one said: “You’re always going to be slightly worse off because the cost of living is going up higher than pay rises.
“Over time, you just find the amount of money you earn slowly becomes less than what you’re spending on bills.
“Both my wife and myself work for the NHS, so whatever announcement they make will hit us doubly.
“The one percent pay rise will be like a kick in the teeth for some NHS workers. An amount like that is neither here nor there.
“We have such a high proportion of public sector workers in the North it makes us an easy target for cuts.
“You sometimes feel the government is just going through the motions. They’re giving public sector workers as little as possible and using the state of the country as an excuse.”