April 17, 2017

“We have now had austerity for nearly 10 years, and it is devastating people’s lives,” according to Rugby Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition spokesperson Pete McLaren commenting on today’s Budget.

“This budget deepens the attack on our services, jobs and quality of life. It is disgraceful and will cause even more suffering to those already unable to cope in Tory Britain.“The £2 billion extra announced today for Social Care, spread over 3 years, is far too little, far too late. The 2% rise in National Insurance contributions for millions of often low-paid self-employed workers will push more people into poverty, whilst raising the higher rate tax threshold to £50,000 is a giveaway to the top 15% of earners. Cuts to the NHS have not been reversed; there is no extra help for cash-strapped schools.

“Whilst ordinary working people, the poor and the vulnerable lose vital services, the bosses of Britain’s largest public companies enjoyed a 10% pay rise in 2015 according to the High Pay Cent...

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