TUC: Chancellor’s ‘little extras’ will not undo 8 years of cuts to public services
30 Oct 2018 11:59 AM
Yesterday's Budget made grand claims about the end of austerity - but it will not undo cuts to public services.
Commenting on yesterday’s (Monday) Budget Statement, which set out the government’s spending plans up to 2024, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady yesterday said.
“Working people cannot be fobbed off again with promises of a better tomorrow that never comes. The budget does not undo the austerity that has devastated public services. And it lacks the investment needed to speed up wage growth after the longest pay squeeze in 200 years.
“People know that public services need much more investment. They feel the consequences of austerity where they live. There's more crime and less police. There’s longer NHS waiting lists and too few beds. And there's not enough teachers to educate our kids.
“With Brexit looming, we urgently need a national recovery plan to get the UK fit and ready. We will only have a strong economy and safe communities if we rebuild our public services. And we must invest in our industrial base to create well-paid steady jobs in the towns across Britain where they’re needed most.”