Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A short-term Budget to shrink the state and help the rich, says TUC

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“This was a pre-election Budget, with its give-aways aimed at the better off rather than lifting the living standards of the many.
“It will be paid for by further years of austerity, public services brought to near collapse, public sector pay cuts and a welfare cap that bites into the safety net that any of us might need.
“There was nothing for the young who continue to face the worst job market in decades and unaffordable housing.
“Nor was there any relief for low and middle earners who, after years of falling living standards, have no spare cash to take advantage of the help for savers, and who now face year on year cuts in benefits for working families as the welfare cap bites.
“The best news for the long-term health of the economy is the genuine help for manufacturing, but it was the exception in this highly political short-term Budget that continued the Chancellor’s project to shrink the state and help the rich.”

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