Cuts & Austerity

Cuts to vital public services in the name of "austerity" are both hurting the economy & making Britain even more unfair, as the cuts are hitting the poorest & most vunerable in our families & communities.

"Why is the British government doing this? The real reason has a lot to do with ideology: the Tories are using the deficit as an excuse to downsize the welfare state. But the official rationale is that there is no alternative.”

Paul Krugman, a US economist & Nobel Prize winner.

 

This document from the STUC is full of well researched facts and figures that show how the cuts are 'Avoidable, Unfair and Regressive'.

The Coalition Government is fundamentally misleading the country over the economic impact of its austerity programme. Our publication 'Avoidable, Unfair and Regressive' argues that the current approach is wrong-headed.

STUC will offer the chance for Scotland’s communities and voluntary organisations to come together to campaign alongside STUC for 'A Better Way' and to play a major role in shaping its direction."

 

“We are already attracting widespread support from Scotland’s communities and voluntary organisations. And we mean over coming months to provide a genuine platform for community opinion in stark contrast to the divide and conquer “what would you cut” exercises being undertaken by governments at various levels.”

Download here: http://www.clydebanktuc.org/attachments/version1_files/STUC_Cuts_Avoidable_Unfair_Regressive.pdf

"Public spending is an investment, not a debt. Public servants – the vast majority of whom are low paid – deliver vital services to our communities. The campaign of vilification against public services is motivated by a desire to cut and privatise these vital services. The reality is that there does not need to be a single penny taken away from any public service, or a single job lost."

 

Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General secretary

PCS welfare reform alternative PDF"We are told there is a deficit crisis in the UK. We are told that we are spending beyond our means. We are told that the solution to this deficit crisis is to cut public spending.


Public spending is an investment, not a debt. Public servants – the vast majority of whom are low paid – deliver vital services to our communities.


The campaign of vilification against public services is motivated by a desire to cut and privatise these vital services. The reality is that there does not need to be a single penny taken away from any public service, or a single job lost.


The deficit is due to the recession, which has reduced revenues as less people are in work and are therefore spending less. At the same time, government expenditure has increased as more people are without work and are entitled to benefits.


If the government cuts more jobs this will only exacerbate the deficit crisis – more people will be unemployed and there will be less revenue.
The answer to the crisis is therefore to create jobs not cut them. Currently there are less than 500,000 vacancies, while 2.5 million people are unemployed.
‘Getting tough’ on welfare will not work since there are not the jobs available. It will simply cause more misery – which is the only possible outcome of the coalition government’s policies.


This is why we must resist this government’s policy of savage cuts, and reject their flawed arguments. We need a new economic strategy based on public investment, job creation, and tax justice.


Over the coming months we need to win the arguments for this alternative and then force government to implement it. Otherwise our members and our communities could face years of misery. This short pamphlet spells out the compelling case against cuts, and for a new vision."

Download for free here: http://www.clydebanktuc.org/attachments/version1_files/PCS_Alternative_to_Cuts.pdf

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