Government should focus on those in need rather than foolish tax cuts

Responding to the government’s u-turn on the abolition of the 45p tax rate, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Monday): “This pointless tax cut was foolish from the off.

“It’s deeply disturbing that it took a week of financial worry for millions and damage to the UK’s international reputation before the government listened to reason.

“The Prime Minister and Chancellor should be focusing on those who can’t make ends meet, not lining the pockets of the already wealthy.

“If ministers really want to get the country back on its feet, they could start by increasing benefits in line with inflation, paying staff properly and investing in the public services on which everyone relies.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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Government is making rich richer while leaving struggling families in despair

Responding to the chancellor’s mini-budget today (Friday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“The government has ditched levelling up for an all-out offensive to make the wealthiest even richer.

“In the middle of a huge cost-of-living crisis, this isn’t the time for economic experiments that are doomed to fail.

“There are masses of essential jobs that need filling. The best way to deal with 300,000 vacancies across health and care is to give staff a wage rise that tops inflation.

“Threats to unions are attacks on employees simply trying to win better pay. Choosing to side with city bankers over struggling families queueing at food banks won’t go down well with all those feeling deep despair.

“The country and its teetering public services deserve much better.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk
Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk

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